La Joya mayor challenger, running mates poised to win 3 seats    


La Joya voters are poised to take the city in a new direction after overwhelmingly supporting the mayor’s challenger, Isidro Casanova, and two of his political supporters, according to unofficial early voting results for Tuesday’s runoff election.

None of the three municipal races were decided in the Nov. 5 election.

Voters appear ready to oust La Joya Mayor Fito Salinas and replaced him with Casanova, the former police chief of La Joya. Casanova received 61% of the early vote, with 836 ballots cast in his favor. Salinas obtained 39%, with 529 early votes.

Casanova’s running mate, Roger Hernandez appears poised to best Daniel Flores Jr. for the Place 2 commission seat. Hernandez received 64% of the early vote, with 872 ballots cast in his favor. Flores obtained 36% of the early vote, with 483 votes.

In the race for Place 4 commissioner, Laura Mendiola Macias, another Casanova running mate, appears ready to defeat Dalia Arriaga. Macias received 63% of the early vote, with 856 ballots cast in her favor, while Arriaga obtained 37%, with 506 early votes.