Victoria City Council, Place 6 election

Zach Smith and Mark Loffgren

Victoria Super District 5 voters chose Mark Loffgren over Zach Smith on Saturday night by a wide margin.

With 2,189 votes, Loffgren beat Smith, who garnered 1,275 votes. Loffgren had about 63% of votes to Smith’s 37%.

“It’s very gratifying to see the results,” Loffgren said.

With vote totals in, Loffgren said he looked forward to getting to work with the city’s new manager and council members.

“I’d like Victoria to be the city that people hold up to be as a model,” he said, adding, “There are things we can do.”

Despite losing, Smith wished the best for Victoria and his opponent.

“I want to congratulate Mark on a successful campaign,” Smith said after the final results were released. “I want what is best for the city.”

Loffgren, 70, and Smith, 32, sought the seat after incumbent Tom Halepaska announced he would not seek reelection.

With Houston Highway, Sam Houston Drive and East Magruder Drive as its southern border, Super District 6 includes the northern half of Victoria and is comprised of council Districts 3 and 4.

Loffgren, a former H-E-B manager, is no stranger to City Council. He has attended meetings regularly since 2013.

During his campaign, he said he would repair aging roadways and sidewalks as well as improve fire and police protection.

Loffgren also has criticized the construction of Placido Benavides Drive as a “feel-good” project.

“We should fix the streets that we have here before we build some new streets,” he said in January.

Smith is a Victoria native and branch manager at City Mortgage Group.

He also serves as an ambassador for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Smith said his priorities were increasing affordable housing, lowering property taxes and cutting debt as well as improving benefits for the city’s first responders.

“For far too long, our city has been spinning its wheels,” he said in April. “People my age, born and raised, leave and never come back. Victoria is a great place, but you have to get people to want to live here.”

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Super District 6 - Victoria City Council

Candidate Votes
Mark Loffgren 1,567 (66%)
Zach Smith 808 (34%)

Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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