Jaimez wins by 1 vote for trustee

HARLINGEN — One vote.

That’s all it took for Eladio Jaimez to win the school board election last night, according to unofficial returns.

Jaimez received 1,422 votes, while Rosalinda Mercado-Garza received 1421 votes for Place 7. Incumbent Greg Powers ran unopposed for Place 3.

Jaimez was guarded about the results.

“I understand there are some provisional ballots that need to be counted, so I’ve got a wait and see attitude,” said Jaimez, 39.

However, he planned to celebrate.

“We are going to enjoy this outcome,” he said. “My team worked hard on this campaign, but it’s obviously very, very close.”

Mercado-Garza said she’d never seen an elec-tion quite like this one. She might request a re-count at some point.

“Right now the count is unofficial,” said Mercado-Garza, 43. “I am going to wait for the canvassing of the votes and see the out-come.”

She said the extra vote could have come down to voting for someone who is known by name as opposed to someone with experience.

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