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City Commissioner races features two runoffs, one outright winner

May 5, 2019 GMT

Two of three city commissioner races are heading into a runoff, with only one of those elections featuring a clear winner, unofficial resulted indicated.

District 2 incumbent Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa rode to re-election Saturday night, beating out former mayor Pat Ahumada and former Brownsville Independent School District trustee Catalina “Caty” Presas Garcia with 50.89% of the vote for her third term.

Tetreau received 1,311 votes while Ahumada garnered 575 and Presas-Garcia received 690 votes.

In the City Commission At-Large A seat, which was vacated by former commissioner Cesar De Leon, who resigned earlier this year, candidate John Cowen narrowly missed winning the race outright and will face off with Jessica Puente-Bradshaw in a runoff.

Cowen received 49.45% of the vote with 5,194 residents choosing him compared to Puente-Bradshaw, who received 27.26% of the vote, with 2,863 people casting ballots for her.

Candidate Carlos Guerrero received 14.28% of the vote for a total of 1,500 ballots cast for him while candidate Ismael Hinojosa garnered 9.01% of the vote with 946 residents choosing him.

The District 1 race features a runoff between a political newcomer and the City Commission’s longest tenured commissioner.

Incumbent Ricardo Longoria, who received 30.75% of the vote with 598 ballots cast for him, was edged out by Nurith Galonsky, who received 35.48% of the vote with 690 ballots cast for her.

Candidate William Garza received 8.79% of the vote with 171 people voting for him while Michael Rodriguez earned 24.99% of the vote with 486 ballots cast for him.

It is not immediately known when the runoff election will be held.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com