Incumbents carried the day in the Buda-Kyle area Saturday as voters turned back challengers for the Hays CISD school board and the Buda City Council.
In Buda, sitting Councilmember Sandra Tenorio, one of the more influential members of that body, defeated Buda Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Warren Ketteman for her seat on the city council. Tenorio took 58.32 percent of the vote in a 298-213 decision against Ketteman.
Tenorio won substantially in the early voting and the Election Day polls, holding a 140-110 edge in votes cast through last Tuesday, then cruising by a 157-102 margin Saturday.
Two other Buda council seats were uncontested, with Cathy Chilcote earning 357 votes for her return, while Tom Crouse took 342 votes for his.
Hays CISD Trustees Vice President Patti Wood claimed a dominating victory against New Braunfels ISD teacher Claude Tice for a return to her seat. Wood won, 657-241, capturing 73.16 percent of the vote. Wood won by solid amounts throughout the election, taking the early vote, 347-133, and the Election Day tally, 303-107.
Two initiatives went on the ballot in the Wimberley area. An initiative to allow the sale of mixed beverages flew through in Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 by a margin of 1,133-234, meaning 82.88 percent of the voters went in its favor. However, a measure to incorporate Jacob’s Well once again failed, this time by a wide margin of 238-150. The early vote in the Jacob’s Well matter was close at 117-103 against, but the Election Day turnout crushed the notion by 119-44.
Other contested elections for the Dripping Springs ISD school board, the Wimberley City Council and the Mountain City Council turned up no candidates taking majority votes, opening the possibilities for run-off elections.
Voter turnout across Hays County came to 4.156 percent, with 4,096 of 98,559 voters casting ballots.