Two of three local incumbents win

Garza is new county commissioner

Meghann Garcia

Managing editor

For the first time in eight years, there will be a new face on the Uvalde County Commissioners Court come next January. After besting incumbent Commissioner Raul Flores in the March 6 Democratic Party primary, Ronald “Ronnie” Garza went on to win the Precinct 4 seat over Republican candidate Pete Conrad.

At the same time, a familiar face will continue to preside over the court as incumbent  County Judge Bill Mitchell won a ninth term, garnering 4,990 votes compared with Republican challenger Don Laffere’s 2,890 votes. Mitchell was fist elected in 1986.

On Election Day, Mitchell received 1,478 votes to Laffere’s 1,008. The outcome was up to all Uvalde County voters, but 110 people did not vote for either candidate.

According to unofficial reports released Tuesday night, Garza received 1,203 votes to Conrad’s 781. Uvalde County polling precincts 6, 7, 8, 9 and 14 had a say in the outcome, although 37 voters within those precincts did not vote for either candidate.


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