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Mayor, Ward IV elections to go into runoffs

From Staff Reports

The City of Slaton will have to wait a bit longer to see who will become the next Mayor and Ward IV Commissioner.

Both elections resulted in runoffs, as neither had a candidate receive 50 percent plus one vote to secure the win.

A total of 690 people voted in the mayoral race, which concluded Saturday (May 1) on Election Day.

Clif Shaw and John Gatica were the top two vote recipients in the Mayoral race, while for Commissioner Ward IV Valarie Cubit and Frank Cisneros were the top two.

In the unofficial results of the mayoral race, Shaw received 35.36 percent of the votes with 244, while Gatica received 31.88 percent with 220 votes.

Candidates Jacob Parker received 27.83 percent of the votes with 192 while Jessie Perez received 34 votes for 4.93 percent of total voting.

A total of 123 people voted in the Ward IV race. The election is to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Charlie D. Haynes Jr., who died in December.

In the unofficial results for the Ward IV candidate race, Cubit received 49.59 percent of the votes with 61, while Cisneros received 39 votes for 31.71 percent.

Candidate Brad Gaydos received 23 votes for 18.70 percent of the total vote.

The Ward I and Ward III commissioner positions were also up for election, although both had one candidate.

Tony Newton will be the Ward I commissioner, receiving 200 votes. He will fill the position which has been left vacant after the death of Weldon “Squeaky” Self in December.

Benny Lopez ran unopposed for Ward III commissioner, receiving 83 votes.

There were no Slaton ISD elections voted on.

The run off elections are set for June 5. Early voting dates, and times will be announced when they are received.

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