La Joya to hold three runoff elections

The city of La Joya is set to hold three runoff elections next month after canvassing the votes from last week’s election at Wednesday’s commission meeting.

It was previously unclear whether the Place 2 race would require a runoff, but the commission called the election for Dec. 10 after accepting the final certified results, which showed that candidate Roger Hernandez received exactly 50% of the votes with 770 ballots being cast for him.

Hernandez, who sits on the board of directors for the Agua Special Utility District, will face Daniel Flores Jr. in the runoff, who earned 29.94%, or 461 votes.

Mayor Jose “Fito” Salinas will also head into a runoff election after receiving fewer votes than challenger Isidro Casanova in the Nov. 5 election.

Salinas, who received 34.32% of the vote with 533 ballots, finished second to Casanova, the former police chief of La Joya, who collected 48.23% with 749 votes.

Although Place 4 candidate Mendiola Macias received the most votes in her race, she will also face a runoff after falling just short of a majority with 49.61% of votes cast.

Mendiola, who earned 769 votes, will compete against second place finisher Dalia Arriaga, who gathered 31.94% with 495 votes cast for her.