Results from Gonzales’ May 4 General and Special Election were finally canvassed and declared May 13 at a special called city council meeting. Mayor Connie Kacir officially won reelection, defeating challengers Rob Brown and Bob Burchard. Kacir secured 566 of 1,126 total votes or roughly 50.3 percent of the vote. Kacir narrowly avoided a runoff with Brown, the second-place candidate.
Rob Brown, the closest runner up, landed 490 votes or 43.5 percent of the vote. After election night returns came in early Sunday, May 5 it looked as if Brown and Kacir were heading for a runoff, with Kacir landing exactly 50 percent of the vote. However, eligible provisional and mail-in ballots counted Wednesday, May 8 pushed Kacir over the threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Brown filed for a recount on Tuesday, May 7 which took place Saturday, May 11. The recount results ensured an outright Kacir victory.
Brown attended the meeting Monday, May 13 and congratulated Kacir on her victory.
“All good, all done,” Brown said to the Inquirer. “Time to go to work.”
Bob Burchard finished last among the three candidates, scoring 70 votes or 6.2 percent of the vote.
Ten of the 11 amendments to Gonzales’ home-rule charter were approved by voters. Proposition G, “amendments to the city charter to authorize the city to spend public funds on privately-owned subdivisions situated within or beyond the corporate limits of the city as authorized by the Texas Constitution,” was the amendment to fail. For more information click here.
Kacir was scheduled to be re-sworn in as mayor at the meeting, however the agenda item was tabled for the June 13 council meeting. State Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) will perform the ceremonial swearing in for Kacir at the June meeting.
Both agenda items involving water meters were tabled for the next meeting because of ongoing negotiations.