2018-11-07 / Front Page

Stacey Reyes wins seat on WCND, local favorite Beto loses statewide

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer


WILLACY COUNTY NAVIGATION DISTRICT PORT DIRECTOR RON MILLS reads election results outside his office at Wells Fargo Bank to winner Stacey Reyes and her supporters on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Allen Essex) WILLACY COUNTY NAVIGATION DISTRICT PORT DIRECTOR RON MILLS reads election results outside his office at Wells Fargo Bank to winner Stacey Reyes and her supporters on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Allen Essex) Political upstart Stacey Reyes easily won a seat on the Willacy County Navigation District Tuesday, but the same voters who cheered BETOBETO BETO during the 2018 campaign were sorely disappointed as Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was able to keep a tight grip on his position.

Reyes won the Precinct 2 seat held by Steve Million with 483 total votes, 46.26 percent.

Former justice of the peace George Solis got 294 votes, 28.16 percent. Solis earlier made an unsuccessful bid for county commissioner.

Million received 267 votes, 25.57 percent.

In Precinct 3, Chad Kinney defeated incumbent Port Commissioner Kay Hicks, 239 votes (66.76 percent) to Hicks’ 119 votes (33.24 percent).

In Precinct 4, Albert Trevino was unopposed.

Other Navigation District seats were not up for election this year.

Reyes was ecstatic about her victory but sees it as part of a wave of change that is opening up people who have been ignored in the past.

“I think that now, the way we do politics is changing,” she pronounced. “The people have spoken. Now they are starting to feel their power.”

In a previous attempt to get elected to the Navigation District Board, she didn’t do very well, but learned that it would just take more work, more passion, more effort and this time it worked, she succeeded with a big margin, Reyes said.

She doesn’t plan to just jump in and start making changes right away because she needs to learn a lot about how the board operates, Reyes said. A lot of things will be happening when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins a huge dredging project that will take at least until the end of 2019 to complete.

There are lower-income people whose modest homes are located on port land and they should have the same rights as those who live in expensive homes and condos in the waterfront community, Reyes said.

“My main goal is to have a level playing field,” she stated.

In other races, Willacy County totals: U.S. Rep. Dist 34, Democrat incumbent Filemon Vela, 2,828.

Incumbent Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott received 1,421 Willacy votes; Democrat Lupe Valdez, 2,235.

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won 1,421 Willacy votes; Democrat challenger Mike Collier, 2,563.

Incumbent Republican Gen. Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush received 1,559 Willacy votes; Democrat Miguel Suazo, 2,389.

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