Carrizales wins against Lazenby
by Bill Clough
Nov 06, 2012 | 7720 views | 10 10 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Newly re-elected Bee County Sheriff, Carlos Carrizales gives his wife, Pat, a hug after checking the final election results Tuesday evening in the county courthouse.
Newly re-elected Bee County Sheriff, Carlos Carrizales gives his wife, Pat, a hug after checking the final election results Tuesday evening in the county courthouse.
BEEVILLE – In what observers called the races to watch in Tuesday’s election, incumbent Sheriff Carlos Carrizales retained his star and Mike Knight won his race to retain his position of county attorney.

When Election Clerk Mirella Escamilla Davis posted the final results with cellophane tape on the marble walls of the lobby — where the lighting was so dim that spectators used flashlights in order to read them — a group of sheriff deputies took long enough to see Carrizales’ tally before simultaneously yelling triumphant war whoops before exiting stage right.

Asked about his slim majority over Bill Lazenby, Carrizales said, “That’s why they call is politics.” Jennifer Carrizales, his seven-year-old daughter, was more succinct: “We won!” she said.

Lazenby, who earlier was seen at the Republican Headquarters next to the Rialto Theater on Washington, did not appear at the courthouse when Davis posted the final results.


Carrizales, a Democrat who received 3,923 votes, has served for seven years as sheriff, and has 22 years of experience with Beeville Police Department, serving as detective lieutenant, patrol lieutenant and detective sergeant.

Lazenby, who received 3,868 votes, says that he brings with him 40 years of experience in administration management and investigation within the law enforcement arena.

Lazenby currently serves as chief bailiff at the Bee County Courthouse.

County attorney

Incumbent Mike Knight, a Democrat, won with 5,036 votes beating Juan Eduardo Garcia with 2,624 votes.

Knight has 22 years of experience in private practice with knowledge of the oil and gas, real estate and family law — to name only a few.

Garcia has experience prosecuting cases in Hidalgo County and currently serves as an assistant district attorney in Bee County.

County commissioner

Incumbent Eloy Rodriguez, a Democrat, received 1,199 votes beating Dennis D. Phipps, a Republican, with 776 votes.


Mitt Romney/ Paul Ryan, REP – 4,354

Barack Obama/ Joe Biden - Incumbent, DEM – 3,451

U. S. Senator Ted Cruz, REP – 4,157

Paul Sadler, DEM – 3,234

John Jay Myers, LIB – 134

David B. Collins, GRN – 55

U. S. Representative District 34

Jessica Puente Bradshaw, REP – 4,110

Filemon Vela, DEM – 3,214

Steven (Ziggy) Shanklin, LIB – 203

Railroad Commissioner

Christi Craddick, REP – 3,795

Dale Henry, DEM – 3,311

Vivekananda (Vik) Wall, LIB – 107

Chris Kennedy, GRN – 153

Railroad Commissioner - Unexpired Term

Barry Smitherman - Incumbent, REP – 4,167

Jaime O. Perez, LIB – 1,479

Josh Wendel, GRN – 254

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2

Don Willett - Incumbent, REP – 4,590

RS Roberto Koelsch, LIB – 1,128

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4

John Devine, REP – 4,348

Tom Oxford, LIB – 1,092

Charles E. Waterbury, GRN – 268

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6

Nathan Hecht - Incumbent, REP – 3,533

Michele Petty, DEM – 3,432

Mark Ash, LIB – 207

Jim Chisholm, GRN – 109

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

Sharon Keller - Incumbent, REP – 3,747

Keith Hampton, DEM – 3,331

Lance Stott, LIB – 216

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

Barbara Parker Hervey - Incumbent, REP – 4,322

Mark W. Bennett, LIB – 1,324

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8

Elsa Alcala - Incumbent, REP – 4,472

William Bryan Strange, III, LIB – 1,154

Member, State Board of Education, District 3

David M. Williams, REP – 3,653

Marisa B. Perez, DEM – 3,693

State Senator, District 21

Grant Rostig, REP – 2,670

Judith Zaffirini - Incumbent, DEM – 4,752

Joseph Morse, LIB – 144

State Representative District 43

J.M. Lozano - Incumbent, REP – 3,693

Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, DEM – 3,898

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 2

Tom Greenwell, REP – 3,413

Nora Longoria, DEM – 4,041

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 4

Bradford M. Condit, REP – 3,526

Nelda Vidaurri Rodriguez - Incumbent, DEM – 3,833

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 5

Doug Norman, REP – 3,599

Gina M. Benavides - Incumbent, DEM – 3,784

District Judge. 343rd Judicial District

Janna K. Whatley, REP – 4,378

Richard D. Zapata, DEM – 3,159

District Attorney, 156th Judicial District

Jose Aliseda, REP – 5,153

Tax Assessor - Collector

Linda Bridge, REP – 5,516

County Commissioner, Precinct 1

Carlos Salazar Jr., DEM – 1,254

County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Dennis D. Phipps, REP – 776

Eloy Rodriguez, DEM – 1,199

Constable Precinct 1

Lance S. Frerich, DEM – 1,193

Constable Precinct 2

Clifford Bagwell, REP – 1,896

Constable Precinct 4

Esequiel “Zek” Ortiz, DEM – 1,071
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November 11, 2012
It is sad, because Bee County is going to miss out on all the great things Bill Lazenby could have brought to the Sheriff's Department. He was the best man for the job. It's to bad that none of that mattered to the voter's of Bee County. All it was was a popularity contest. I'd call for a recount as well.
November 07, 2012
Lazenby should be calling for a recount. 55 votes is not a landslide by any formula and it would be easy to foul up the count with machines. Go through it by hand and count it. Then, I'll believe it.

If Sheriff Carrizales did indeed win then I guess what Abraham Lincoln once said is true. You really can fool some of the people all of the time.
November 07, 2012
I hope this serves as a wake up call for Carrizales; we need a more proactive approach to our law enforcement issues in Bee County.
November 07, 2012
Well Bee County you made your choice. So when Bee County Commissioner's have to raise taxes because yet again the Sheriff goes over budget by $100,000's of dollars don't cry or complain! You all brought this on yourselves! Congrats to Mike Knight and Eloy Rodriguez!
November 07, 2012
Yes, Bee County made their choice, and like anything else when taxes are raised they need to look at Commissioners' salaries. I heard one Commissioner tell someone else to run because it was easy money, they do nothing. So true look at our county road and appearance etc.
November 07, 2012
Yes, Bee County made their choice, and like anything else when taxes are raised they need to look at the Commissioners salaries who are overpaid high for the job they do "Nothing".
November 07, 2012
Briones as your Chief Deputy? Bill that was your downfall perhaps if you run again in four years you will have a better person in mind
November 07, 2012
I agree, Lazenby should have ran with a better group. We need a change, but going backwards is never the answer.
November 08, 2012
Brionez wasn't his Chief Deputy. He was only his tresurer for his campaign. Maybe that's the problem people assume they know things but inreality they don't. Brionez had no interest in leaving his very stable and secure job. And not only that but Mr. Lazenby is far too intelligent to start putting people in positions when he was still running for election. All anyone would've had to have done is ask either of them and they would have both said the same thing. Let's get our facts straight next time and maybe we won't make the mistake of re-electing?
November 09, 2012
Go to work busybodies. You don't know the facts,so quit gossiping and get back to work. Briones was not going to leave the attorney general's office where he has worked for several years to work for bee county. Are you kidding?