Boswell wins, Ruiz beats Galbreath

  Deadlock in Leftwich Flores race


  Mayor Chris Boswell will continue to be Harlingen’s mayor, as he easily defeated three opponents in Saturday’s city election, based on unofficial election returns.

   However, beleaguered Place 1 City Commissioner Larry Galbreath lost his bid for re-election to upstart Gustavo “Gus” Ruiz.

  Ruiz had 572 votes (51 percent), Galbreath had 500 (44 percent ) and Chino Sanchez had 53 (5 percent) in the unofficial returns.

  Also, in what is considered a political surprise, incumbent Place 2 Commissioner Robert Leftwich was nearly deadlocked with challenger Elaine Flores. The unofficial votes showed her with 374 votes and Leftwich with 371.

  In  other local voting, the $98 million Harlingen schools bond issue passed easily and trustee candidate Greg Powers handily  defeated Janine Deal.

  Boswell, a local attorney, garnered 2,231 votes (57 percent)  in his bid for re-election in what was a  sometimes hot tempered  race. Finishing second was minister and property owner George Merrill, who had 1,118 votes, or 29 percent.

 Retired Harlingen police lieutenant Joe Rubio had 405 votes (10 percent) and Joe Flores had 162 votes (4 percent).

  Ruiz, a Harlingen native, a former Harlingen High School athlete and a former U.S. Marine, carried a positive campaign until the last day, when he blasted Galbreath in the media in many ways. 

  In what was the hottest battle in the city commission, Galbreath had made a number of negative remarks against Ruiz.

  Most believed that Leftwich would have no problem in defeating Flores, a secretary at Texas State Technical College, but she apparently had serious backing  from those who believed  Leftwich was too heavy handed with the affairs of the city.  

  Without a doubt there will be a challenge to the results.

Other elections

  In Los Fresnos, City Commisisoner Polo Narvaez easily defeated A.A. Cantu, 208 votes to 78 for the unexpired term of mayor.

  Also, in the school board election, Robert Trevino had 483  unoficial votes to 288 for Miguel “Mike Mendoza.

  Incumbent Martin Castilla defated former longtime school board member Dr. A.N. “Nick” Vallardo, 486-265.

  In Bayview, Tom   Rodino defeated Robyn Dahl for an unexpired term, 54 votes   to  28.

  In Rio Hondo, apparently three of four incumbents were defeated.

  In place 1, Guystavo Oliveras had 214 votes to 112 for incumbent Polly Lozano.

  In Place 2, Gloria Barrientes had 160 votes for 155 by incumbent Joe Rodriguez, and in Place 5, incumbent Anna Lozano was defeated by Arnulfo “Kitter” Huerta.

  The only survivor was incumbent Gerald Hartzog, who had 183 votes toto 46 for Gilberto Santana in Place 3.. 


2 comments for “Boswell wins, Ruiz beats Galbreath

  1. May 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Just to let my readers know and hopefully any new readers that this is the fxirst story on the Harlingen city and school elections plus some of the other major elecitons in the area. There could be a couple of small typos because we wanted to get it o you quickly
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  2. May 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Talkabout typos, my last message was full. Sorry, I am done for the day. It has been fun though.

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