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MISSION — Dr. Armando O’Caña will return as a member of the Mission City Council after residents elected him to the Place 4 seat ousting fellow educator Leo Olivarez in last week’s city election. Place 2 incumbent Ruben Plata will retain his spot.
Meanwhile in the Mission and Sharyland school board elections, several incumbents will keep their seat with one newcomer making up the board.
According to the City of Mission’s unofficial election results, Plata earned 2,372 votes, 56 percent of the vote against his challenger Rene De La Cruz who earned 1,876 votes. O’caña took 60 percent of the votes with 2,485 people electing him to replace Olivarez who received 1,678 votes. Provisional votes are still outstanding, according to City Secretary Anna Carrillo. The city council will canvass the election Monday, May 21.
O’caña previously served on the city council in Place 3.
In the Mission Consolidated Independent School District election with four seats up for election, but one uncontested, many incumbents will return to the board, with one of them taking a new seat.Place 2 incumbent Dr. Sonia Treviño earned 2,238 votes against challenger Hector Gonzalez’s 1,545 votes.
Current board member Patty Bazaldua will switch seats after earning the Place 3 seat with 1,805 votes against incumbent Moises “Moy” Iglesias who earned 854 votes. The third candidate, Romeo Sanchez earned 1,131 votes.
In Place 4, incumbent Patricia “Patty” O’Caña-Olivarez earned 3,007 votes; her challenger Jorge A. Esquivel earned 640 votes.
Place 5 candidate J.C. Avila was unopposed.
At the Sharyland Independent School District, Fernando “Fred” Ramirez will return to the board alongside Eddie Montalvo.
Ramirez received 973 votes and Montalvo received 917 votes. Incumbent Suzanna “Suzie” Peña received 898 votes.
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