The only other council member whose term expires this month was John Govella Fulghum in Ward 2. He was unopposed.
Carabajal said he wanted to thank the voters of Ward 3, “first and foremost. I appreciate their faith in me,” the mayor said.
He also wanted to thank his family for their support, and he promised to concentrate on developing an alternative source of water for Beeville—his top priority in the upcoming, two-year term.
The winner said he was instrumental in convincing interim City Manager Marvin Townsend to accept a contract with the city during which he will help new City Manager Jack Hamlett direct the development of additional water supplies.
Carabajal was challenged this year by first-time council candidate Benjamin Rey “Benny” Puente.
Dunn, too, offered her appreciation to voters.
“First of all, I want to thank the people who voted for me,” Dunn said. “I’m very humbled and honored.”
The new Ward 4 council member and her opponent, Domingo V. Salinas Jr., were both newcomers to city politics.
Carabajal, who has been mayor since he was re-elected to the council two years ago, had a total of 98 votes. Most of those, 36, were cast by personal appearance during the early voting period. He also had 21 mail ballots in his favor, 13 electronic ballots during the early voting and 28 votes on election day.
Puente received a total of 39 votes. Of those, 20 were cast on election day. Only seven of his votes were cast by personal appearance during the early voting period, and he received only three mail-in votes. Puente also received nine electronic votes during the early voting period.
In Ward 4, the margin of victory was narrower.
Dunn had a total of 118 votes to 98 cast for Salinas.
Salinas had Dunn beaten on election day with 47 votes to Dunn’s 39.
But Dunn won handily during the early voting, receiving 26 mail-in votes to Salinas’ three. The gap was not as wide in personal appearance early voting. Dunn finished with 35 of those votes to Salinas’ 29.
Salinas won 19 electronic votes during the early voting period and none on election day. Dunn received 17 electronic votes during the early voting period and one electronic vote on election day.
City Secretary Barbara Treviño announced the results in the City Council chamber at City Hall shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. The polls had been closed since 7 p.m.
The City Council was scheduled to canvass the results and swear in the winners at its meeting at City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
But that meeting was canceled and will be rescheduled for May 20 at City Hall.
Three positions also are expiring this year on the Beeville Water Supply District’s board. But those three candidates, Jim Crumrine, Ronald “Buddy” Hardy and Bill Stockton, ran unopposed.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.