Lievens wins Seguin City Council seat; Voters approve constitutional amendments
Posted on 11/8/2017 9:42:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The vacancy on the Seguin City Council has officially been filled. Jim Lievens was the winner of Tuesday's District 3 race. Lievens will now fill the one year unexpired term of former Councilman Phil Seidenberger.
Lievens says the win is bittersweet. It came on the same day that a funeral was held for Seidenberger, who died last week. Seidenberger resigned earlier this year due to health reasons, and had offered his support for Lievens.
"(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, (and) we have a great future," said Lievens.
Lievens led the race with 136 votes, while Jeremiah Arevalo received 56 votes, Dennis Estes had 21 votes and Jim Green earned only 14 votes.
With the win, 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.
In other results from Tuesday, there were two contested races for the Schertz City Council. Robin Thompson, who got some unwanted attention due to a Facebook post in September, lost his council seat to David Scagliola. Thompson posted a meme suggesting that Black Lives Matter had done little to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. Some residents and fellow council members complained that the post was unnecessarily divisive. Thompson, in trying to defend himself, told a story about his life and race.
During that story, he casually used "N-Word" during the council meeting to make his point about him not being racist. The city council was collectively appalled, and Thompson was censured for his actions. Despite all of that, the race was relatively close. Scagliola received 1033, while Thompson earned 924. The other contested race in Schertz saw Scott Larson easily defeat challenger Dani Salas. Larson received 1,264 votes, while Salas earned 626. Other results from last night 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. 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 at any polling location across the county. The Texas constitution has seven new amendments today. Voters overwhelmingly approved all seven proposed amendments on Tuesday.
Proposition 1 allows a property tax exemption for partially disabled veterans and their spouses on a home received from a charity at below market value. Prop 2 lowers the cap on home-equity-loan-related fees. Prop 4 gives the state attorney general a chance to defend any law that a court is challenging as unconstitutional. Prop 5 allows more pro sports foundations to host raffles at games. Prop 7 allows credit unions to conduct raffles in order to promote savings. As usual in an off-year election, voter turnout was low.
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