Leftwich to contest vote, eyes provisional ballots not counted


 Galbreath cries foul


  Robert Leftwich, who lost his District 2 election by three votes in the unofficial count, says it’s not over just yet.

  Leftwich, based on the unofficial count, lost to Elaine Flores, 374-371.

  Leftwich said he will seek a recount and also check the mail-in ballots to determine if there were any voting irregularies.

  He also noted there are 33 provisional ballots that have not been counted. They will be sent to Brownsville for a county voting board to determine if those votes should be counted.

  Some political observers believe that Leftwich might have been overconfident, believing he had a weak opponent in Flores, a secretary at Texas State Technical College, but he denies that assertion.

  One thing is for certain, Flores had some powerful backing, based on political contributions to her campaign. 

  Actually, among them were the same ones who also contributed to Larry Galbreath, in his losing bid for re-election in District 1 to Gus Ruiz, and Mayor Chris Boswell in his successful try for re-election – and who are considered the old establishment, more commonly known as the Old Guard.

  They include Frank Boggus, the Uhlhorn family, former Mayor Bill Card Jr., Bert Wolf, Blas Cantu Jr. and Eddie Medrano.

  The Uhlhorns, Boggus, Curtis Bonner, the Cards, the Elliffs and the Ewers were among the contributors for Boswell, who had more than $37,000 in contributions (compared to a total of $8,780 for the other three candidates).

  Contributors to Galbreath included Boggus, Norbert Ewers, Matt Gorges and Pat Kornegay. (Does that name sound familiar?)

  Dial Dunkin was the main contributor to Ruiz, who collected about $9,000 to Galbreath’s $6,000.

  Galbreath turned out to be a sore loser and blasted Ruiz for what he called running a negative campaign.

  Galbreath said that Ruiz attacked him and his family. However, Ruiz made the same accusation against Galbreath late in the campaign.

  One thing for certain, it was a heated and a very interesting campaign.

  Over in Rio Hondo, three of the four  incumbent commissioners found themselves out.

  Only Commissioner Gerald Hartzog was re-elected, saving a clean sweep. Hartzog defeated Gilberto Santana.

  Sidelined were Joe Rodriguez, losing to former commissioner Gloria Barrientos, Polly Lozano lost to Gustavo Olivares and Anita Lozano lost to Kitter Huerta.

  The three winners all said they won because the citizens wanted a change.


5 comments for “Leftwich to contest vote, eyes provisional ballots not counted

  1. May 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Like I said, choices made by publishing companies and their staffers very often do not win. My choice for mayor was wrong, choice for District 2 is still up in the air, my opposition to the school bond issue was wrong and my choice for school board member was wrong.
    Hey, I was right on District 1 choice.

  2. John Asbury
    May 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I just hope Leftwich prevails. It is so obvious flores is a puppet. Leftwich has only been a positve influence in Harlingen and his district. Why would anybody want to run against a commissioner that is doing a fine job? The only reason is to exert control over the community for the few special interest groups.

  3. Oscar Carmona
    May 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I just find it hard to believe that voter turnout is so low. Many people complain and ask for change, but when it is time to cast their ballot, they are nowhere to be found. As a Harlingen native and someone who holds degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, I hope the new members of council shake things up for the better and that they hire a proficient, forward-thinking City Manager who not only gets along well with council, staff and citizens, but also has the vision needed to get Harlingen onto a path of prosperity.

  4. May 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Let us hope that Robert Leftwich comes out ahead,but I fear the worst. I don’t know if the Harlingen city secretary did anything wrong that could have cost him the election, but the rumors sure are flying around town that she did.

  5. Danny Zuniga
    May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    First of all, welcome back Jerry. Galbreath found out the hard way. You run a fake campaign, people see right through it. Obviously there are problems with the “Old Guard” and “Establishment” not coming out to vote like years past. There is some hurt feelings within the group and the only real decisive vote went out to Boswell. Don’t know what the big deal is, he doesn’t get to vote. Now that there are four common sense votes and one who can’t make up her mind. I doubt that there will be a time when Boswell will have the deciding vote. Now, maybe we can move forward in the Capital City of the Rio Grande Valley.
    Oh yea, so much for the Toyota celebration jump by Mara when Boswell got relected.

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