(Seguin) -- The vacancy on the Seguin City Council has officially been filled. Jim Lievens was the top vote getter in Tuesday's special election for the one year unexpired term for city of Seguin District 3.
Lievens led the race with 136 of the votes cast. Following behind were Candidates Jeremiah Arevalo with 56 votes, Dennis Estes with 21 votes and Jim Green with 14 votes.
Lievens says the win is bittersweet following the recent death of former District 3 City Councilman
Phil Seidenberger who died last week. Seidenberger resigned earlier this year for health reasons -- leaving the seat up for election.
"I have very mixed emotions. I'm excited, I'm grateful. I'm humbled, but it's very surreal to have gone to Phil Seidenberger's funeral today -- a friend, a co-worker for so many years and then to go from there immediately back to one of the polling locations to campaign even more and to await the elections results tonight, very surreal. This is, in my humble opinion, this is Phil Seidenberger's seat. I'll be honored to maintain it for this next year and then, I plan on running again. I am excited. You know what -- this is a great town. I love Seguin and I want to make sure people know this is the town to be in. We have a great future," said Lievens.
Lievens says he is excited to get to work and is appreciative to all those who came out to cast their ballots.
"I'm so grateful. The low voter turnout was very -- I was very worried about the low voter turnout. Again, I'm grateful not only to win, but to win without a run off, because I think for the taxpayer's expense, that's a good thing to avoid. It would have been in December, I think December 12. The holiday season would have been an even lower turnout. So I'm glad that we're able to decide this tonight. I'm so grateful to all of my supporters, people who just wished me well, people who voted for me. I'm just so grateful, so humbled," said Lievens.
Tuesday's results are the first to be generated thanks to new Vote Centers approved for use in Guadalupe County. This was the first election in which registered voters in Guadalupe County could vote in any polling location across the county. Another victory yesterday included the race for Cibolo Mayor. Stosh Boyle defeated Allen Dunn for the position. Cibolo Council seats also went to Verlin Garrett, Brian Boyd and Joel Hicks. The election for Place 5 on the Schertz-Universal City ISD also welcomed the re-election of Gary Inmon.