Puente drops vote after recount

HARLINGEN — Former City Commissioner Frank Puente’s request for a recount cost him a vote.

A recount of votes cast in May 7’s District 2 election kept incumbent Commissioner Tudor Uhlhorn’s winning tally at 287 votes but dropped Puente’s total from 266 to 265, City Secretary Amanda Elizondo said yesterday.

Elizondo said officials manually counted the votes from 1 to 2:15 p.m., finding one blank ballot during the recount.

Puente, who served on the commission from 2003 to 2006, said he paid $300 for the recount “for my supporters and my peace of mind.”

The election marked a rematch for Puente and Uhlhorn.

In 2013, Uhlhorn won 479 votes to Puente’s 335 votes.

Calls to Puente were not returned as of press time.