CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Incumbent John Marez defeated challenger Joe A. Gonzalez in the Democratic primary to represent Precinct 3 on the Nueces County Commissioners Court.
Marez attracted just more than 50 percent of the vote to win the election over Gonzalez. It will boost him into the November general election against Republican candidate Richard Mitchell, who ran unopposed.
Marez is a longtime politician in the area with previous stints on the Corpus Christi City Council and Corpus Christi Independent School District trustees.
"We're just excited about winning the nomination and winning again in November," he said.
He promised if elected to continue the services that have marked his first term.
"It's going to be everything we''ve done the last four years," Marez said. "We'll continue working on La Colonias, working on our streets, roads and county bridges, mental health, medical care for indigents. We'll continue to partner with a lot of the comunities to reduce the cost of government and not use as many consultants. It will be more of the same."
Gonzalez is the president of the Nueces County Sheriff's Officers Association.
"Things don't change," Gonzalez said. "We're still at the sheriff's office and still serving the citizens of Nueces County in a different capacity. We'll see what the future brings."
His precinct includes the cities of Robstown, Driscoll, Agua Dulce, portions of Corpus Christi including the areas of Clarkwood, the Corpus Christi International Airport, Del Mar College, including Annapolis Christian Academy, St. Patrick's, IWA, Ray & King High Schools, Baker, Hamlin, Martin & Cullen Middle Schools, Calk-Wilson, Hicks, Berlanga, Woodlawn Elementary schools, and part of Lamar Park, Ocean Drive and the Pharaoh Valley subdivisions and the community of Banquete.