New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94- No. 70
April 1,1985 50 Cents
58 Pages - 5 SectionsErben, Sciantarelli win city races
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Edward Sciantarelli and George Erben were elected to City Council Saturday — the clear winners in two three-man races.
In District 3, Sciantarelli received 541 votes to pass his two opponents. F. Darrell Sollberger garnered 273 votes; while Yale J. Simpson had 159.
Erben had 319 votes in District 4, while Rolf Moore came in second with 134 votes; and Rick Seidel had 117 votes to take third.
Sciantarelli. 35, takes the District 3 position from incumbent Joe Rogers, who chose not to run again after two three-year terms
Fifty-two-year-old Erben. a former mayor, will sit in the chair left vacant by incumbent O.A.
Stratemann Jr., who served one of his two terms as mayor.
“This is great...alright,” said Sciantarelli after learning of his victory. “I’d like to thank everybody that helped me — Dona Brims, Aileen Wofford, and my family for putting up with me when I wasn’t here.
“I thank my opponents for a good, clean race, especially when in San Antonio, there’s a lot of smut being thrown around, we’ve shown a good, clean race.”
Sciantarelli said he had expected to have to campaign yet another month. “I, quite frankly, thought there would be a run-off,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to serving the people of New Braunfels.”
A Corpus Christi native, Sciantarelli has lived in New Braunfels since 1976. He practices dentistry’
R. A Hann (right) accepts nominations for the board; Woody Cash assists
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
There will be some new faces and new ideas in the management of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Dept after Friday night s membership meeting and election of directors
Six new directors were elected to the 15-member board, as a large crowd jammed into Eagles Hall at Canyon I .ake to vote in the controversial election
Proponents of L'LASP (Canyon I.ake Ambulance Service Project I campaigned to get their candidates elected to turn the direction of the board toward more sophisticated ambulance service, and they succeeded.
Directors elected to three-year terms were Day Ie Smith, Gene Peirsol, Alvin Stanley, Ed Zwald and J. K, Hare, all emergency care attendants and technicians with the department.
In addition, fireman Frank Crosier was elected to fill the last year of the term vacated by Elvin M un se ll. Crosier has been serving the board as interim secretary-treasurer since M unsell stepped down
Over 250 people attended the meeting, which lasted until
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almost midnight, and 246 ballots were cast. R A. “Bob'' Hann, board president, said that was 104 ballots more than were cast last
Before members voted, Hann told them, “Remember, your board is the management arm of the fire department — you have to consider that when you vote.”
Before the voting began, the membership spent an hour and a half considering changes in the department’s by-laws, and tempers flared when it was suggested that voting members must be 18 years of age or older.
"If they ’re old enough to drag a hose, they’re old enough to vote,"
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with Dr. Mitchell Sacco.
Sciantarelli proposes that members of city government and other groups work together to develop a strong economy. Quality, nonpolluting industry should be enticed to come to the city to help provide jobs.
The proposed fall bond issue, Sciantarelli said, will help in such areas as street and drainage repair. The new councilmember also believes that the city should immediately begin seeking alternative sources for water.
Erben said he is obviously pleased with the election outcome. “Oh, yes. I’m very’ pleased that the thing turned out the way it did and that there is no run-off," he said. “It’s behind me now and I can rest a little bit.’’
Erben attributes his win to the people who supported him in his campaign. “I have some old friends in this area,” he said. “They supported me before and they came across for me again when I needed it.
“I thank all the people who supported me, both in financial contributions and the volunteers who came from all over to help me," he said. “It’s really fantastic.”
A native of Comal County, Erben served on City Council in 1974-75 and was mayor from 1975 until 1977. He has been a director of the Comal County Central Appraisal District since 1981. He is president of MBank-New Braunfels.
During his campaign, Erben said he believed that city leaders should be actors instead of reactors to what happens to the city.
NBISD: Zamora, Bedford, Self
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The man who fought the system to bring about minority candidate representation in New Braunfels ISD will now serve as a trustee, and two incumbent candidates were reelected at-large Saturday.
Aguinaldo (Nayol Zamora, who sued NBISD to create five singlemember districts and two at-large positions won the District I position, beating Larry Brumbelow, vice president of San Antonio Savings Association, 289 votes to 129 votes.
Incumbents Dr. Don Bedford and Bob Self won the two at-large positions over challenger Peter Olsen, minister of education at First Protestant Church of Christ. Bedford received 738 votes. Self received 650, and Olsen received 360. The candidates ran consistantly in this order throughout the district.
Significant in the Zamora-Br urn below race but not decisive, was the absentee ballots. Out of the 130 absentee ballots that were
Incumbents Dr. Don Bedford (left) and Bob Self were returned to the NBISD board as at-large trustees, while
counted, 120 went to Zainora and 7 went to Brumbelow.
Zamora had gotten a ruling from the election commission in Austin that allowed him to make a list of ali persons over 65 and disabled in his district to serve as a request for a
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mail-in ballot. From that list. 125 ballots v> ere mailed out.
Though those 120 votes gave Zamora a larger lead, without the absentee votes, he still would have won.
“I anticipate Mr. Zamora will do a
fine job. I’m disappointed, but I’m sure he will give the taxpayers his best effort,” Brumbelow commented in a telephone interview after the totals were announced.
Zamora, at a victory celebration in a Westend park, thanked the Mexican American I>egal Defense and Educational Fund (the group that supplied lawyers for the suit I, his family , supporters and the voters for the years of work that went into this victory.
“After 15 years of struggle, we have achieved a voice in the government of this school district. Now we have opened three areas of government to our people; the county, the city and finally the school district. .And New Braunfels will be a better place for our children because of we now have a place," Zamora said.
At the victory party, Judith San-ders-Castro, representing MALDEF, city councilman Valdemar Espinoza, and county commissioner Lorenzo
See NBISD, Page 11A
CISD trio wins; write-ins surprise
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
At one tune Saturday night, it looked like David Beene and Tony Chase, two write-in candidates from Bulverde, were going to be elected to the Comal ISD board.
But that was before votes cast at Canyon High School came in and put the three candidates on the ballot — Tom Potter, Clay “Spud” George and Lee Ikels — on the board instead.
Only 34 votes separated Ikels at last place and Beene, the top vote-getter of all the write-ins. before the CHS ballot box arrived. Chase was No. 3, and Potter led the race with 209 votes.
Then Canyon’s ballots were counted, and Beene and Chase dropped to fourth and fifth, with respective vote totals of 187 and 182. In the end, Potter won with 426 votes, George with 364, and Ikels with 352.
Before Saturday’s election results started coming rn, the CISD race hadn’t offered much of a contest with three candidates running for the same number of open positions.
“But this write-in deal made it
pretty darn exciting around here for awhile," Hugo Nowotny, CISD election consultant, said. “The word got out, and that brought out the folks who were for the official candidates.
The turnout was much larger than expected. I never thought we d have 712 votes cast in this election,” he added.
Potter, George and Ikels said they were surprised, too. “I did a bunch of last-minute campaigning. I walked the streets, and called and talked to anyone I thought would support me,” George said after his election.
“I found out Thursday afternoon that Bulverde had decided to put some write-ins on the school board.” Ikels said. “I had about 15-20 people helping me, and we walked the streets for four hours today campaigning for all three official candidates.”
Potter, who snared 82 votes in Bulverde compared to 22 for Ikels and 31 for George, said he felt “humbled” by support from the entire district. “We’ve got this behind us, and now we need to get to
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Cisneros, SA bonds win; Eureste loses
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Mayor Henry Dineros won a third term with an overwhelming victory Saturday, taking almost a 3-to-1 margin over the closest of five challengers.
With 233 of 233 precincts reporting, the 37-year-old mayor posted 93,902 votes, or 73 percent, to leading challenger Phil Pyndus’ 32,998, or 26 percent. Jose Olivares had 522, William Camps had 519, Henry Krawiec, 411, and Ramon Guevara, 378.
Controversial city councilman
Bernardo Eureste lost his seat to Walter Martinez, a 34-year-old former state representative who had 53 percent of the vote with 5,727. Eureste had 3,217, or 30 percent.
Councilman Joe Alderete, indicted on March 19 on felony theft charges, lost his seat with leading challenger Pamela Karam and Yolanda Vera going into a runoff. Karam had 3,406 votes to Alderete’s 2,519, and Vera’s 2,956.
A HOO million bond package for streets, flood and drain improvements, new police and fire
stations, and added library facilities, was approved by wide margins.
“We won and we won big tonight,” said Cisneros, who had tied his campaign to the bonds. "The people (rf our city said today that they want steady progress for the future.”
The mayor called his re-election and the approval of the bond package ‘‘a victory over the forces of negativism.”
Alderete is accused of soliciting a $5,000 donation for the San Antonio Youth Organisation, then pocketing half of it.The donation was solicited
from Tesoro Petroleum for SANYO, an agency which finds employment for youths.
Eureste has been under scrutiny because prosecutors say is under a grand jury investigation for allegedly taking corporate campaign contributions.
Voter turnout had been reported moderate before the polls closed at 7 p.m.
City Clerk Norma Rodriguez said late Saturday she had reports of "a steady stream of voters. No long lines. A moderate turnout.”
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies through Monday. The high today .should be in the mid 70s, low tonight in the mid 50s, and a high on Monday in the low 70s. Winds will be from tile northeast at 15-20 miles per hour today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight.
Garden Ridge race
Don Ashby won a place on Garden Ridge City Council Saturday, but by a margin of nine votes. Ashby nipped Kaighin Watts, while Mayor Paul Davis and councilman Nail Craigmile, both unopposed, were re-elected. See Page UA.
Rockets win in OT
The Houston Rockets used a spurt, in the second overtime to take a wild 139-127 win from the Dallas Mavericks, who lost their coach and leading scorer to technical fouls. Details in Sports.