Webb County Sheriff\'s Office – Laredo Texas
More than 14 hours after the recount of the ballots cast in the April 8 runoff for the Webb County sheriff’s race began, a new victor has emerged.Sheriff Rick Flores was declared the winner over challenger Martin Cuellar by 133 votes. Flores garnered 13,128 votes to Cuellar’s 12,995. Flores initially was reported to have lost the contest by 37.
A packed house at the Webb County Justice Center waited until well past 10 p.m. for any sign that the more than 26,000 ballots cast had been finished being recounted when a smiling Flores eventually emerged from the Central Jury room, claiming victory. He was followed out of the Justice Center by a crowd of cheering supporters.
Meanwhile, a calm but disappointed Cuellar remained behind thanking supporters and thinking over his options.
“We’re kind of disappointed, but I want to thank the voters for their support,” he said. “They’ve been very, very supportive, and we’re going to make it. I’ll talk to my attorneys and look at my options. I want to make sure and protect the will of the voters.”
Asked if he thought any fraud or corruptive element was behind the swing, Cuellar’s campaign manager, Colin Strother, said the numbers indicated something peculiar.
“That big of a change is highly unusual, and there are considerable questions about the process,” he said.
Tensions ran high after the announcement, with Cuellar’s supporters claiming that the election judge who oversaw the recount, Jose Salvador Tellez Sr., should not have been selected.
Tellez told supporters that they were out of line and warned them to be careful of what they said.
Read the rest of the story from the Laredo Morning Times
The best man retains the office. Felicidades Rick! We certainly didn’t need a Cuellar dynasty in Webb County