Laredo, Texas municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Laredo, Texas held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 18, 2014.[1]

Five city council seats were up for election. These included Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8.

Incumbents ran for re-election in districts 2, 3 and 6. District 2 incumbent Esteban Rangel and District 6 incumbent Charlie San Miguel ran unopposed, while District 3 incumbent Alejandro "Alex" Perez, Jr. faced two challengers. Mayor Raul G. Salinas, District 1 representative Mike Garza and District 8 representative Cindy Liendo did not run for re-election. Liendo, it should be noted, ran for mayor.

In the general election for mayor, Pete Saenz won a clear victory. In the city council elections, however, no candidate received over 50% of the vote in districts 1, 3 and 8. The top two vote-getters in these districts will therefore face each other in a runoff election on December 20, 2014.[2]

Several different issues shaped Laredo's 2014 election cycle. Some of the most important were public safety, economic development and access to potable water.[3][4] The latter issue was especially important as drought slowly caused local reservoirs and other water sources in southern Texas to reach record lows in 2014.[3]

Mayor

Candidate list

Note: Mayor Raul G. Salinas was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Election results

Mayor of Laredo General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Saenz 53.3% 12,831
Guadalupe Botello 4.2% 1,003
Rolando S. Herrera 1% 252
Jose S. Dorantes Jr. 0.5% 112
James Joel Newland 1.1% 258
Cindy Liendo 19.1% 4,586
Jerry Garza 20.5% 4,924
Write-in 0.4% 91
Total Votes 24,057
Source: City of Laredo - 2014 Official Election Results

City council

Candidate list

District 1

November 4, 2014, General election candidates:
Note: Incumbent Mike Garza did not run for re-election.

December 20, 2014, Runoff election candidates:

District 2

November 4, 2014, General election candidates:
  • Esteban Rangel Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Rangel was first elected to city council in 2010.

District 3

November 4, 2014, General election candidates:

December 20, 2014, Runoff election candidates:

District 6

November 4, 2014, General election candidates:

District 8

November 4, 2014, General election candidates:
Note: Incumbent Cindy Liendo did not run for re-election.

December 20, 2014, Runoff election candidates:

Election results

Laredo City Council, District 1, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRudy Gonzalez Jr. 29.3% 622
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Benavides 20.3% 432
Christy Jimenez Lara 19.4% 412
Luis A. Cisneros 6.8% 145
Jorge Ugartechea 7.2% 153
Jose U. Conde Jr. 17% 361
Total Votes 2,125
Source: City of Laredo - 2014 Official Election Results
Laredo City Council, District 3, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAbey Lugo 40.6% 945
Green check mark transparent.pngAlejandro "Alex" Perez, Jr. 49.9% 1,161
Ulises Salinas 9.5% 221
Total Votes 2,327
Source: City of Laredo - 2014 Official Election Results
Laredo City Council, District 8, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoberto Balli 41.2% 987
Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Ibarra 26.3% 629
Viky Garcia 19.9% 478
Jose Luis Maldonado 12.6% 302
Total Votes 2,396
Source: City of Laredo - 2014 Official Election Results

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