Happy mayor, wife

Two-thirds of Aransas County’s registered voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 General Election. Aransas County voters approved two of the three Aransas County Propositions, and Rockport voters re-elected Mayor Pat Rios to his final term in office (due to term limits).

A total of 12,231 people cast a ballot, as follows:

• Early, in person – 9,451

• Election Day, in person – 1,266

• Absentee – 1,514

County Propositions

Proposition A - the issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $17,235,000 to construct a county courthouse - was defeated 6,187 (53.18%) to 5,446 (46.82%).

Proposition B - the issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $1,295,000 to construct roads and drainage improvements in the county for hazard mitigation - was approved 9,117 (78.65%) to 2,475 (21.35%).

Proposition C - the issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $1,370,000 to construct and equip a county building to be utilized as a micro-hospital in the county – was approved 7,911 (68.43%) to 3,649 (31.57%).

“I’m disappointed, personally, that the courthouse didn’t pass,” said Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. “I thank the community for supporting Propositions B and C.

“We are in the process of looking at our options for the courthouse and will keep the public informed.”

City of Rockport

Incumbent Mayor Pat Rios easily defeated challenger Keith Allen 3,095 (63.5%) to 1,779 (36.5%).

“I’m grateful to voters for recognizing we have more work to do,” said Rios. “I think Rockport residents know we have the community’s best interests at heart.”

The mayor said the results of the election indicate the council took the right action (issuing tax notes to construct a new city hall) for the right reasons (reducing the cost to the taxpayer).

“If the courthouse (Proposition A) would have passed it would have been better (for the taxpayers) due to the economies of scale (we would have realized through joint construction of the courthouse and city hall).

“It could now cost taxpayers up to $1 million more for city hall, and $1.5 million more for the courthouse,” said Rios.

Two attempts were made to contact Allen, but there was no response.

National races

of local importance

Incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence garnered 75.24% of the local vote. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris earned 23.66% of the local vote.

State races

of local importance

Incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn won 75.61% of the local vote. His nearest challenger, Mary “MJ” Hegar, won 22.38% of the vote.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Michael Cloud earned 77.78% of the local vote. Democratic candidate Ricardo “Rick” De La Fuente received 20.39% of the votes.

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst garnered 78.78% of the vote. Democrat Michael Antalan challenged her. He collected 21.22% of the vote.

State Rep. Geanie W. Morrison ran unopposed, and received 100% of the votes cast.

(Note: For a complete breakdown of the local election results visit www.aransascountytx.gov. Click on “departments”, then “elections administration”, and finally “election results”.)

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