The overall number of votes changed but the spread between the candidates did not, with incumbent Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke still declared the winner of the 2016 local Democratic Party primary runoff election.
The recount, held Thursday at the Uvalde County Courthouse, was attended by the candidates and three supporters each, who were permitted to oversee recount operations at three tables.
According to the unofficial results from the recount, Mendeke received 1,416 votes to challenger Armando Garcia’s 1,391 votes.
The canvass to certify the votes will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom.
The recount, conducted at the county courthouse, began at 9 a.m. and ended at about 2:30 p.m., according to Rogelio Muñoz, chairman for the Uvalde County Democratic Party. The group did not leave for lunch.
“We just kept working until it was done,” Muñoz said.
The fuse to this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show – which is co-sponsored by the Uvalde Leader-News and Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department – has been lit but needs some additional heat if the event is to go on as planned. So far, $10,700 of the $15,000 goal has been raised
Members of Keep Utopia Beautiful recently joined Hill Country Alliance program director Cliff Kaplan to encourage Uvalde County Commissioners to support the preservation of dark skies in the area by reducing light pollution.
Kaplan, along with Claudia Rogers and Barbara Baggett of Keep Utopia Beautiful, spoke to commissioners May 23, ultimately convincing the county’s governing body to pass a resolution of support.
Kaplan discussed outdoor lighting fixtures and practices that follow up-to-date suggested guidelines for non-intrusive lighting.
Hill Country Alliance is currently working with surrounding areas to encourage landowners, resident communities and public entities to join in reducing energy consumption, saving money and protecting the health and well-being of wildlife and people.
Uvalde Police Department Sgt. Eduardo Canales takes photographs of a pickup truck that rear-ended a Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District bus taking students home from summer school activities. Eight students were onboard Tuesday when the bus stopped in the 700 block of South Evans Street.