Election 2015: Letty Lopez defeats Lupe Rivera during Weslaco District 5 rematch
Challenger Letty Lopez narrowly defeated Weslaco District 5 City Commissioner Lupe Rivera on Tuesday night.
Lopez defeated Rivera 352 to 313, according to the Elections Department, which posted the results at Weslaco City Hall.
For Rivera and challenger Lopez, the hard-fought District 5 campaign was deja vu.
Rivera narrowly won the District 5 seat during November 2015.
Lopez, though, filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud. After a four-day trial, state District Judge Judge Menton Murray Jr. ordered a new election. Rivera appealed, stalling the rematch until November 2015.
Investigators with the Texas Attorney General's Officer reviewed evidence from the trial and charged Rivera with 16 misdemeanor charges. He's scheduled for arraignment about two weeks after Election Day.
Early Voting Results
City Commission Place 1 (Final)
Leo Munoz: 358
Oscar Rios: 37
David Fox: 135
City Commission District 4 (Final)
Gerardo "Jerry" Tafolla: 352
Rafael Caballero: 311
City Commission District 5 (Final)
Lupe Rivera: 313
Letty Lopez: 352