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Mabton residents vote for change

There will be some new faces on the Mabton School Board and City Council and some old faces in new positions after yesterday's elections.

Velva Linda Herrera and Jaime Alaniz ran against each other for the position of mayor. So far Herrera has a comfortable lead. Herrera has received 101 votes to Alaniz's 35 giving Herrera 73 percent of the votes.

"It's good," Alaniz said. "We were both wanting the same thing. More police, more playground equipment, things to do for the youth. I'd like to say congratulations to her."

Oping P. Hutson ran unopposed for position 1 in the city council. Virginia Molina had resigned her post.

In the Mabton City Council position 2 race, Shelley D. Luther-Mireles looks to unseat Ernesto Armendariz in a close race. Luther-Mireles has 53 percent of the vote to Armendariz's 45 percent.

The seat left by Herrera, position 3, is between Angel Reyna and Sophia Gutierrez-Sotelo and it looks to be another close race. Separated by 8 votes, Reyna holds a 52 percent to 47 percent advantage over Gutierrez-Sotelo.

"I feel good," Reyna said. "I think the other candidate wanted to do a lot of positive things as well. Either way, the community will benefit."

The Mabton School Board had two races last night. District 3 and position 1 were vacated by the incumbents and four new names ran.

Elsa Sanchez holds a large lead over Gabriel Mireles Jr. in the race for the third district. Sanchez has 80 percent of the vote with 215 to Mireles Jr., who has 20 percent with 53 votes.

Jeannette Williams leads 216 votes to Teresa Ahumada's 65 votes in the position 1 race.

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