Incumbents prevail in Kyle City Council races

Two incumbents face challengers in Kyle. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Two incumbents face challengers in Kyle. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Two incumbents face challengers in Kyle. (Community Impact Newspaper)

UPDATE 8:46 A.M.:

The morning after the election, unofficial tallies show that incumbents Dex Ellison and Robert Rizo have both held onto their Kyle City Council seats.

In the District 1 race, Ellison has 1,102 votes, or 55.74% while Yvonne Flores-Cale has 875 votes, or 44.26%. On his Facebook page, Ellison wrote, "Thank you for all the support, encouragement, well wishes and sharing of my name, posts and efforts in this city I love so dearly!!"

In an email, Flores-Cale thanked her supporters.

"I want to say thank you to all my amazing supporters who made this journey more than I could have ever asked for," she wrote. "[A]lthough I didn't win, I will say: I've created unbreakable bonds with people I otherwise would have never met. Thank you to all the voters who went out and made their voices heard—besides winning, my goal was to get as many people to the polls as possible. Until next time Kyle..."


In the Place 3 contest, Robert Rizo prevailed with 1,191 votes, or 60.09% while Amanda Stark secured 791 votes, or 39.91%.

"I congratulated my opponent for running a good campaign," Rizo wrote in a text message. "She really made me work hard."

Results are unofficial until votes are canvassed.

UPDATE 10:57 p.m.:

Both Kyle City Council incumbents remain in the lead with nearly all votes in Hays County tallied.

In District 1, incumbent Dex Ellison has 1,068 votes, or 56.03%, while challenger Yvonne Flores-Cale is at 838 votes, or 43.97%.

Incumbent Robert Rizo maintains a wide lead in the District 3 race with 1,145 votes, or 59.89%, when compared with Amanda Stark's 768 votes, which accounts for 40.15%.

UPDATE 8:58 p.m.:

In the District 1 race, Dex Ellison has 754 votes, or 56.32%, while Yvonne Flores-Cale now has 587 votes.

Robert Rizo still leads in the District 3 race with 813 votes, or 60%, while Amanda Stark now has 542 votes.

ORIGINAL POST:

Unofficial results from early voting show that incumbents Robert Rizo and Dex Ellison are leading in the two Kyle City Council seats that were on the ballot this fall.

Ellison, who has been in office since 2016, has 431 votes in the race for Place 1, or 54.21%, compared to challenger Yvonne Flores-Cale, who has 364.

In the race for Place 3, Rizo leads Amanda Stark with 61.07%. Rizo has a total of 491 votes compared to Stark's 313.

Rizo has only been in the seat since May, when he won a four-way special election that followed a sudden resignation.

All vote totals are unofficial until canvassed.
By Katharine Jose
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