REFUGIO COUNTY – In a race for Woodsboro mayor, voters returned incumbent Kay Roach to the position in the May 4 elections, which included Refugio and Austwell in addition to Woodsboro.
“I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to finish projects we started,” Roach said.
The projects all involve damage from Hurricane Harvey.
“It’s roads, ditches and drainage all damage incurred by Hurricane Harvey,” she said.
“I’m glad to have the next two years to work with authorities. It takes time to get it done right,” she said.
Roach said she appreciated those who voted for her.
“Now if we can come together as a town. It takes citizens to get involved to make this town flourish,” she said.
Roach received 132 votes (52.80%) to George Hernandez’s 118 votes (47.20%).
Unopposed Woodsboro candidates John Schlabach garnered 205 votes (alderman, Place 1) and Robby Stephenson got 190 votes (alderman, place 2).
In a city council race in Refugio, Place 1 incumbent Karen Watts was returned to office for a 13th term. Watts was first elected in 1995.
“I’m so excited. I’m really, really happy,” Watts said.
She explained that city elections don’t usually get a big voter turnout like the county.
“My appreciation goes out to the people who took the time to go out to vote for me,” she said.
“It was a race, and I took this very seriously,” she said.
Watts received 107 votes (66.05%), and Rene Reyna garnered 55 votes (33.95%).
Also, unopposed Woodsboro Mayor Wanda Dukes received 121 votes, and Alderman, Place 1, incumbent Lenny Anzadua received 113 votes.
In Austwell’s race for Place 2, Bonnie Mutschler garnered 41 votes (68.33%), and incumbent Molly Garcia received 19 votes (31.67%).
All totals are unofficial until canvassed.
The May 4 election in the municipalities of Refugio, Woodsboro and Austwell drew a total of 477 ballots cast.
Refugio had 164 of 1,674 registered voters (9.80%), Woodsboro had 253 of 1,021 registered voters (24.78%) and Austwell had 60 of 133 registered voters (45.11%).
Tim Delaney is the Refugio editor at the Advance-Guard Press and can be reached at 361-526-2397, or at refugio@mySouTex.com.