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Garcia and Orr win, liquor laws pass
by Matt Naber
May 15, 2013 | 389 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LIVE OAK - Residents can make a toast to Samuel “Sam” Garcia as Three Rivers’ new mayor and to Jimmy Orr as District 5’s new George West Independent School District board member because Prop 1 and Prop 2 each passed.

Garcia beat Tim Stroleny with 133 votes to Stroleny’s 66 votes on Saturday, May 11.

Prop 1, off premises consumption of liquor, passed with 100 votes in favor and 66 against. Prop 2, in premises consumption of liquor, passed with 117 votes in favor and 56 against.

Garcia ready to go as mayor

After 16 years of serving on the Three Rivers City Council and seven years as mayor pro-tem, Garcia is stepping into his role as the new mayor with background knowledge on all of the town’s current and upcoming projects.

Some of Garcia’s goals include improving the city’s water quality, sewer system, traffic, and housing shortage.

“There are a lot of good things and bad things with the oil field,” Garcia said.

He also plans on continuing the current projects for the Three Rivers centennial celebration and improving the parks.

“I live here, and so does my family, so that applies to me and my family as well,” Garcia said.

He said he served on the council because that’s where the voting happens when making decisions. The mayor only gets to vote on agenda items when there is a tie and Garcia said he has only seen that happen twice in the 16 years he has been on the council.

Garcia will serve as mayor for the next two years, his official instatement will happen within the next three weeks.

Orr on board at GWISD

Orr won the George West School Board seat with 135 votes to Josie Chaplin’s 67 on Saturday. Out of the 705 eligible voters for the District 5 election, 202 people voted in the George West election.

He said his goal is to learn everything he can in order to help the board make decisions during his three-year term.

“Mainly, I’m just excited and appreciative of the opportunity and look forward to the challenge,” Orr said. “I feel like my experience in education and my background could help make the district better.”

Orr was a teacher and coach for 12 years after graduating from Texas A&M Kingsville. He taught several varieties of high school science classes such as biology and environmental science in west Texas then taught at George West Elementary School from 2004-06.

Orr currently works at Valero in the training department and has three children enrolled in GWISD, with one at the high school, middle school, and the elementary school.
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