Field of candidates finalized for March primary ballots

The following is corrected from the version that appeared on Page 1 of the Sunday, Dec. 17 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News. The newspaper incorrectly said Concan resident Alma Arredondo Lynch was seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination.

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor

Three women with Uvalde ties are seeking their respective political party’s nomination for U.S. Congress District 23 representative. Filing for the March 6, 2018, party primary elections ended Dec. 11.

Concan resident Alma Arredondo Lynch, a dentist with a Uvalde office, is seeking to unseat two-term Republican Will Hurd of Helotes. The victor will represent the Republican Party in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election.

Uvalde resident Angela “Angie” Villescaz and former Uvalde resident Judy Canales are vying against each other as well as San Antonio residents Gina Ortiz Jones, Jay Hulings and Rick Treviño for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Only two local races are similarly crowded, although several are contested.

Three people are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for County Commissioner for Precinct 4. They include incumbent Commissioner Raul T. Flores and challengers Lena “Marina” Garcia and Ronald “Ronnie” Garza.

The victor will face sole Republican Party candidate Pete Conrad.

Incumbent Uvalde County clerk Donna M. Williams is being challenged by Valerie Del Toro Romero for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

No candidates are listed for the Republican Party.

Incumbent Uvalde County Commissioner Mariano Pargas is being challenged by Alberto Mireles for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Pct. 2 seat. No candidates are listed for the Republican Party.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace Neto Luna, who represents Pct. 6, has two challengers in Mario A. Valdez and Roland Sanchez for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Ernie Moore and James O’Bryant, both residents of Utopia, are seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for Justice of the Peace Pct. 3. The victor will face incumbent Bill Schaefer, who is unopposed in his quest for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Candidates unopposed for their party’s nomination include incumbent state Rep. Tracy King of District 80, Democrat; incumbent Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, Democrat; Don Laffere, Republican, county judge; incumbent 38th Judicial District clerk Christina Juarez Ovalle, Democrat; Uvalde County treasurer Joni Deorsam, Democrat; incumbent Justice of the Peace for Pct. 1 Steven T. Kennedy, Republican; Mona Esquivel Southward, Democrat, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1; incumbent Justice of the Peace for Pct. 2 Bobby G. McIntosh, Republican; and incumbent Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Lalo Diaz, Democrat.

Former Webb County Judge Danny Valdez announced his intent to file for the Democratic Party’s nomination for District 80 representative, which would pit him against Uvalde resident King, but he did not file paperwork with the correct office.


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