Galbreath cries foul
By JERRY DEAL
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.