Solis loses Lyford commissioner seat; four others take wins

LYFORD — Longtime City Commissioner Wally Solis lost his seat as he, three incumbents and a political newcomer wrangled for votes in Saturday’s at-large election.

Five candidates vied for four open seats on the commission.

Solis, a retired military officer, fell short with 110 votes.

Albert Cavazos, a former police officer first elected to a one-year term in 2015, was the election’s biggest vote-getter with 152 votes, while Tony Chavez, an accountant who has served on the commission since 2006, pulled 137 votes.

Commissioner Maggie Quilantan, a retiree first elected in 2014 after being appointed in 2012, and newcomer Rick Salinas, a teacher and coach, each took 123 votes.

Solis, who was first elected in 1995, served until 2009, when he was deployed for military duty in Iraq.

In 2010, Solis returned to office, going on to win election in 2012 and 2014.