Lindsay council members fall down and out; other local races still too close to call
Vice mayor Danny Salinas, councilman Steve Velasquez trail in latest ballot count to Yolanda Flores and Rosaena Sanchez
By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN
TULARE COUNTY – The loss of Lindsay’s old guard is making way for old and new faces come December.
Lindsay’s two council members up for re-election last Tuesday night still find themselves down as of the Tulare County Elections office latest tally. Vice mayor Danny Salinas who has served on the council for over a decade is last in the vote count with 259 votes, accounting for 21.23%. Just six votes more than Salinas, councilman Steve Velasquez holds just 21.72% of the vote.
Newcomer into the race, but no stranger to Lindsay politics, Yolanda Flores holds a commanding 31.15% of vote, comprised of 380 votes. Rosaena Sanchez, who made a surprise re-entrance into the Lindsay city council fold with her bid this year, is the second highest vote getter in the race with 24.92% of the vote.
With all precincts reported we’ve called this race in favor of Flores and Sanchez in an unusually high voter turnout year for Lindsay. Overall 3,138 registered voters in the city, 1,220 votes have been counted so far making up 38.8% of eligible voters.
Exeter City Council
New districts in 2018 threw a curveball in Exeter’s election. Incumbent Gordon Gerdes voluntarily stepped down from council giving way to Frankie Alves who was elected in lieu in District C. Mary Waterman-Philpot reassumed her seat as the only eligible candidate for District D. The only competitive district was mayor Teresa Boyce’s District A seat.
Challenger Melanie Morton managed to gather 142 votes to make the race competitive but Boyce still has the edge with 168. For the time being this race is still too close to confidently call.
Farmersville City Council
The seven way race for three city council seats is still a mess for anyone that is not Ruben Macareno. Election night’s final numbers had Macareno leading the pack with 18.20% of the vote. As of the election’s office latest numbers he has increased his vote count from 300 to 310 and still holds just over 18%. The remaining two seats are still very much up in the air.
Election night showed mayor Paul Boyer in second place with 17.11% and newcomer Tina Hernandez in third with 16.69%. Current vice mayor Matt Sisk trailed Hernandez by just four votes, 275 to 271. As of Tulare County’s latest count, Sisk has the edge over Hernandez 282-280. Boyer still holds his slight edge in second.
With Danny Valdovinos at 207 votes, Carrie Elaine Ortiz at 137 and Deborah Ann Vazquez at 187 votes, we are confident Macareno can get ready to take his seat on the dais next month, while Boyer, Sisk and Hernandez battle it out for the second and third seats.
Woodlake City Council
Not much should be expected to change in Woodlake. Incumbents Louie Lopez, Frances Ortiz and Greg Gonzalez are all expected to reclaim their seats for the next four years. Ortiz’s daughter Lupe Robles Piñon is coming in fifth in a five-way race with 14.61 percent of the vote. Challenger Florencio Guerra is just outside looking in with 18.44 percent.