Posted: Nov 7, 2012 1:47 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 1:47 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Three City of Corpus Christi Council seats were up for grabs last night. Incumbents Priscilla Leal (district 3), David Loeb (At-Large) and Mark Scott (At-Large) held onto their seats and will be joined by Lilian Riojas (At-Large), Chad Magill (District 2), Colleen McIntyre (District 4) and Rudy Garza (District 5)
Mark Scott told us, "In the next two years, there are profound things happening in Corpus Christi. We could see ten billion dollars of construction beginning. That's exciting. So, I'm excited to be part of the council that will deal with that. Schlitterbahn is going to open in 16 months. This is a grand time to be on the City Council."
Lilian Riojas said, "We do have challenges and I'm ready to admit that but I think people see some positive things happening for our community. I think they... I think I represent that."
David Loeb said, "We have a bunch of new council members. and of course a new mayor. From going to the different candidate forums and listening to the new council members, I think we really have a shared vision on that."
Chad Magill received 54% of the vote over Brian Riojas to join the council to represent District 2. Incumbent John Marez left the council to run for, and win, a seat on the CCISD school board.
In District 3, voters saw a flipped rematch of the 2007 election as Jesse Noyola went up against incumbent Priscilla Leal. Leal held onto her seat with 65% of the vote.
In District 4, incumbent Chris Adler was not on the ballot for the race as she unsuccessfully made a bid to become the next mayor. Voters overwhelmingly chose Colleen McIntyre with 76% of the vote over Jano Andrasik and Webster Pell.
In District 5, Larry Elizondo decided not to run for re-election, so voters had a choice of Rudy Garza or RTA Board Chairman John Valls. Garza edged out Valls with 56% of the vote.
"I feel real good. I'm happy with the results. I think my family and my friends and the community has shown great support for me," Garza said.
Nelda Martinez will still be around in council chambers. The At-Large council member picked up 53% of the vote to become the city's next mayor.
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