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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:15 pm

The first day of early voting in the runoff for mayor and two city commissioner seats has surpassed results for the first day of early voting during the general election.

Returns from the first day released by the Cameron County Elections and Voter Registration Department, which is administering the city election, show that 1,245 people cast early votes Monday. That’s 205 more than on April 22, the first day of early voting in the general election.

Former city manager Charlie Cabler is facing off against Texas Southmost College Trustee Trey Mendez in a runoff for mayor. Both men edged out incumbent Mayor Tony Martinez, who has held the spot since 2011.

Mendez garnered 40.76% of the vote during the general election with 4,328 votes compared to Cabler, who gained 2,893 votes for a total of 31.99% of the vote while 2,893 people voted for Martinez for 27.25% of the vote.

City Commission runoff races include the District 1 and At-Large A seats.

City Commission At-Large candidate John Cowen narrowly missed winning the race outright last month when he received 49.45% of the vote with 5,194 residents choosing him compared to Jessica Puente Bradshaw, who received 27.26% of the vote, with 2,863 people casting ballots for her.

That seat was vacated by former commission Cesar De Leon, who resigned earlier this year.

The District 1 seat is a runoff between Ricardo Longoria, the most tenured member of the City Commission, and Nurith Galonsky, who is a newcomer to running for city office.

Galonsky edged out Longoria with 35.48% of the vote with 690 ballots cast for her compared to Longoria, who received 30.75%, with 598 ballots cast for him.

To have won outright during the general election, a candidate needed 50% of the vote plus one vote.

Cameron County Elections Administrator Remi Garza described the first day of early voting as impressive.

“The question is, will it maintain,” Garza said. “We certainly hope that if we can equal what happened on the first few days of the regular election during the runoff we might be in for quite a turnout.”

Early voting tallies during the general election ranged between 1,556 at its highest to 666 at its lowest, with daily turnouts only dropping below 800 once.

But it’s too soon to see if there’s a pattern, Garza said.

Early voting ends on June 18 and the runoff election is June 22.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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