The Uvalde County Clerk’s race on the Democratic ballot featured an upset Tuesday night when Donna M. Williams came out 124 votes ahead of incumbent Ramona “Mona” Esquivel Hobbs. Williams, who had 1,095 votes to Hobbs’ 971, will face Republican candidate Joyce Altgelt in the November general election. Altgelt was not opposed in the Republican Party, and she received 960 votes.
Two Uvalde natives competed on a statewide scale Tuesday night, vying for the Republican Party nomination for state agriculture commissioner and state comptroller, and while Mayor J Allen Carnes came up short, Harvey Hilderbran may have a shot at a runoff. Final numbers were not available yesterday afternoon, but with 99.95 percent of returns totaled, current state representative Harvey Hilderbran remained in the running for a possible primary runoff. Glenn Hegar, who garnered 610,493 votes, held 49.99 percent of the total vote. Hilderbran received 317,703 votes.
If it has a motor and floats, you can safely bet that Armando Luna can pilot it. Luna is a recently retired sea captain who, for the last 30 years, manned U.S. Merchant Marine ships under the supervision of the United States Coast Guard. He can pilot steam or motor vessels of any tonnage upon the Houston Ship Channel from the Galveston Bay sea buoy to the Port of Houston.
Drugs are a growing problem among school aged children, but the problem is not just an after-school activity; younger students are now bringing prescription and illicit drugs on campus. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District reported 21 incidents for which students have been found in possession of drugs on campus since 2012. This number includes part of the 2011-2012 school year and the 2012-2013 school year to present.
Election day is Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican primaries, which will determine each party’s candidates in the November general election for local, state and national offices. Early voting ended Friday, and as of the close of voting on Thursday the total tally for in-person votes cast was 768 for the Democratic ticket and 457 on the Republican ticket. County elections official Maggie Del Toro said voters must present a photo identification card at the polling place on Tuesday.
Four Uvalde men were arrested this month after law enforcement officials recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and over $25,000 during authorized searches. On Feb. 17, a consent search was conducted at 300 E. Brazos St. as part of an ongoing investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
One Uvalde High School senior is literally willing to put his life on the line for his community. Donald “Mac” McLaughlin serves as a member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department, racing to fire and accident calls before and after school. He’s been serving in this role since October. This is really unusual because he started with the fire department while he was playing football this season, and he hopes to play college football.
Uvalde County Commissioners on Monday enacted a countywide burn ban, citing continually arid conditions and an increased risk of fires. “It’s dry out and it looks like it’s going to continue to be dry,” said County Judge Bill Mitchell, noting that the ban will be in place for a 90-day period, unless adequate rainfall occurs.
Filing for Uvalde and surrounding area municipal and school elections ends tomorrow. Election day is May 10. Early voting will begin April 28 and continue through May 6. Candidate packets can be picked up from the city hall or school administrative office in question.