Democrats in three local partisan races had commanding leads over their opponents, early voting results show. Democrat Tano Tijerina, incumbent Webb County judge, received 24,737 votes, or 76 percent of the 32,424 of early ballots cast in the race. His Republican opponent, Alfonso “Poncho” Casso, received 7,687 votes, or 24 percent.
“We’re just really excited and proud —Team Tano, here,” Tijerina said. “We’ve done a lot these four years, and we’re going to keep working hard.“The new fairgrounds is going be one of the major projects. We’re also going to try for better parking downtown.”
Tijerina said his platform has remained true to his original campaign pledge to change the face of the Webb County government.His primary focus has been to lower the property tax rate and to keep the budget under control through spending accountability.
“Unlike in the past, our new business office has streamlined operations, and our bills are now getting paid on time,” Tijerina said in a questionnaire published in LMT’s Election Guide. “Also, unlike in the past, the new civil and legal department is advising all departments.”
Tijerina said he has also prioritized safety, taking measures against election fraud, adding two new fire stations and protecting the environment by rejecting the proposed Raven refinery and the Pescadito landfill.
State representative race
Richard Peña Raymond, incumbent and Democratic candidate for state representative for District 42, received 16,902 votes, or 74 percent of the 22,887 early ballots cast in the race. His Republican opponent, Luis De La Garza, received 5,985 votes, or 26 percent.
“I am very, very appreciative of the people of Laredo who continue to show trust in my representation of Laredo in the state capitol,” Raymond said. He added, “Next week, I’m introducing a bill I wrote that will increase funding for education, as well as have the largest property tax cut that the state has ever seen. The bill is ready, and I will be filing it next week. It’s time to get to work. Election Day is over.”
Raymond said his platform and primary concern is to provide law enforcement agencies necessary funds to keep the Laredo community safe. Additionally, he said he believes in cutting property taxes, creating jobs and building the economy.
“I’m going to keep working closely with Democrats and Republicans for the betterment of Texas,” Raymond said. “We have to keep working together.”
U.S. representative race
Henry Cuellar, incumbent and democratic candidate for U.S. representative for Texas’ 28th congressional district, received 28,281 votes, or 90 percent of the 31,390 of early ballots cast in the race. His Libertarian opponent, Arthur Thomas IV, received 3,109 votes, or 10 percent.
Cuellar could not be immediately reached for comment.
Cuellar was first elected as U.S. representative in 2005. He was the first Laredoan in over 20 years elected to represent the district. According to his website, he has continued to improve education, national security, access to affordable health care and veterans assistance programs.
As the most degreed member of Congress, he points to education as the platform for his two decades of public service in Texas, his website states.