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Beeville mayor wins another term on council
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BEEVILLE — Mayor David Carabajal handily won another two-year term in Ward 3 on Beeville's City Council Saturday and Yvonne Dunn squeaked out a narrow victory in Ward 4.

Carabajal was challenged this year by first-time council candidate Benjamin Rey "Benny" Puente. In Ward 4 Dunn 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 managed to receive 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.

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 just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The polls had been closed since 7 p.m.

The City Council is schedule to canvass the results and swear in the winners at its meeting at City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

The only other candidate facing an expiring term this year was Councilman John Govella Fulghum. He ran unopposed this year in Ward 2, where he filed just minutes before the filing deadline after it became obvious that the incumbent in that ward, Santiago "Jimbo" Martinez would not be seeking re-election. He has been serving in Ward 4.

Three positions also are expiring this year on the Beeville Water Supply District's Board of Directors. But those three candidates, Jim Crumrine, Ronald "Buddy" Hardy and Bill Stockton ran unopposed.
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