David Keith defeated Irene Becerra Thompson by 15 votes in the race for place 7 on the Sharyland ISD board of trustees. According to the unofficial results on the Hidalgo County website, Keith earned 1,266 votes (37.19 percent), Thompson earned 1,251 votes (36.75 percent) and Leonor Garcia earned 877 votes (26.06 percent).
Even though Keith did not receive 51 percent of the votes, SISD does not do runoff elections, so the results remain as is.
Keith described Election Day as a championship game going into overtime. There was about a 45-minute period where he and Thompson were tied. He said everyone in his camp kept refreshing their feeds to see if the county updated the tallies. When the final results came in, he said he felt shocked and numb because it took so long.
As of Wednesday, Keith said he was still recovering from the adrenaline rush of what he calls a two-month hurricane campaign. But even though he was still reeling from the election, he attended the Sharyland ISD budget meeting in an unofficial capacity to get an early jump on things.
“I will do my best for Sharyland ISD — that is my message to my constituents,” Keith said. “I want them to know that I’ve already started working on their behalf.”
The canvassing of the results still has to take place, making the final numbers official. Following the canvassing, the board can swear Keith into office to begin official duties.
Thompson, the runner-up, said she is confident the former coach will do a fine job as a Sharyland ISD trustee. Though she did not win, Thompson still plans to be active in the community, but she also wants to dedicate more time to being a mom before her children enter college.
“This election has me thinking about a lot of stuff, contemplating where I can be most effective,” Thompson said. “One thing I’ve found is that this election and this campaign have given me a voice, and I do intend to use that voice. I have a platform now and a following that expects me to continue to be their representative even though it can’t be as a board member.”
PLACE 5, PLACE 6
Incumbent Hector Rivera won the majority vote in the place 5 race, beating out Rene Morales. Unofficial results state Rivera received 2,364 votes and Morales received 929 votes.
After a months-long campaign, Rivera said he is ready to get back to work.
“Whether they voted for me or not, I’m ready to work for everybody, and just keep going and doing what we gotta do for the kids and the district,” he said.
Before Election Day, Rivera said he felt the district is headed in the right direction, and he wants to help it continue along the same path.
Place 6 winner Dr. Noe Oliveira ran unopposed and received 2,919 votes.
Canvassing of the results is scheduled tentatively for May 17; once completed, the winners can be sworn into office.