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Machacek says she will have own voice as mayor
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
May 14, 2014 | 142 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – The three candidates endorsed and supported by the Goliad Citizens for Effective Government were victorious in Saturday’s city elections, but new mayor Anna Lopez Machacek said Monday that each will be independent voices for Goliad.

Machacek defeated Ed Carter 214-195 in the mayor race and will replace Jay Harvey, who did not run for re-election. Carter currently serves as a member of city council and will now relinquish his position.

Thompson and Worley, a former Goliad mayor, were elected to the two vacant spots on city council. Thompson was the top vote-getter with 230 votes, while Worley received 218.

Incumbent city councilman Alfred Perez received 168 votes and challenger Julia Gracia received 72.

“I grouped Cheryl and Joey on Saturday and told them there will be times we will disagree,” Machacek said. “We’re just going to serve the people as we’re supposed to. We’re not the same people with the same minds. We will disagree with (the GCEG) as well. I hope that’s why they helped us, because they want somebody that can think for themselves.”

Machacek said concluding the district attorney’s investigation into possible wrongdoings by city council and the Goliad Municipal Development in its lending practices tops her list of priorities.

“We have to find out if there is truth to this and, if not, we need to set peoples’ minds at rest,” Machacek said. “I don’t like to go places and hear about Goliad and it sound horrible. I want to be able to tell the people we have done everything we can and be able to hold our heads up again.”
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