Tómas Uresti (left) and John Lujan (right) on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 Photos by Joan Vinson and Scott Ball, respectively.
Tómas Uresti (left) and John Lujan (right) on election night. Photos by Joan Vinson and Scott Ball, respectively.

Seven propositions, the balance of the constitutional amendments put to Texas voters for the off-year Nov. 3 election, have been officially approved with wide margins. The North East Independent School District’s $499 million proposed bond has also passed with 65.68% approval.

The night’s new was made in the six-candidate fight for District 118 seat in the Texas House. Republican John Lujan, a retired firefighter and small business owner, finished first in what is regarded as a Democratic stronghold. Democrat Tomás Uresti, a Harlandale Independent School District board trustee and the brother of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who formerly held the seat, finished second. His rival, Democrat Gabe Farias, the son of retiring State Rep. Joe Farias, finished third and was denied the chance to ascend to the seat held by his father in the Texas Legislature.

In the end, Lujan won 29.28% and Uresti finished with 22.25%, while Farias finished more than three points behind with 19.11%, leading him to concede the race at 10 p.m.

State Rep. Joe Farias announced his retirement in June.

“I’d love to stay here and finish out the night, but I’ve got boys that have to get to school tomorrow. … We’re already past their bedtime,” Lujan said as he left his election watch party at the Bexar County Republican Headquarters before it was confirmed who would make it to the runoff. Regardless of the results, he said, “we’ll play it like it comes.”

John Lujan smiles as polling goes in his favor. Photo by Scott Ball.
John Lujan smiles as polling goes in his favor. Photo by Scott Ball.

Uresti, who hosted his campaign’s election watch party at VFW Post 9186, emphasized his dedication to veterans.

“I have a personal interest in representing this district mainly because of our veterans and our children. That is why we always have our celebrations at the VFW. This is for our veterans of foreign wars and this is where we come to host every events,” Uresti said. “This is where we have everything because our veterans are the reason we are able to have these elections.”

From left: Tomás Uresti, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, and Bexar County Tax-Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti discuss polling numbers. Photo by Joan Vinson.
From left: Tomás Uresti, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, and Bexar County Tax-Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti discuss polling numbers. Photo by Joan Vinson.

“At this point we’re just going to sit back, take a look at the final numbers that come in and assess the situation because I haven’t ruled out running in next March’s primary,” Gabe Farias said as he left his campaign’s watch party at Southside Bar-B-Q after conceding. “I’m so wonderfully humbled for the support that I’ve had. It starts with my father who was state rep for the last five sessions, my wife, my mother, my kids and a wonderful core group of supporter s who really were there for me each and every day of this wonderful process.”

Gabe Farias shakes hands with supporters after a defeat. Photo by Scott Ball.
Gabe Farias shakes hands with supporters after conceding defeat. Photo by Scott Ball.

Click here for special election totals.

Click here for proposition totals.

Below is a list of statewide support for each proposition as of 10:10 p.m. with 80% of districts reporting, which were closely matched by Bexar County percentages of support and maintained almost identical margins revealed by early voting totals. These numbers will be updated later when final results are made available.

Proposition 1, will increase the homestead exemption tax:

  •  86.71% in favor

Proposition 2, will clarify that the property tax exemption on a home for the spouse of a deceased or disabled veteran applies retroactively:

  • 91.58% in favor

Proposition 3, will reverse a constitutional requirement that says statewide-elected officials have to live in Austin:

  • 69.62% in favor

Proposition 4, will let professional sports team charitable foundations – like that of the San Antonio Spurs – do more raffles for charity purposes during home games:

  • 69.57% in favor

Proposition 5, will allow small counties with populations under 7,500 to perform private road construction and maintenance:

  • 82.84%

Proposition 6, will make hunting and fishing a constitutionally protected right:

  • 81.69%

Proposition 7, will dedicate about $3 billion in future sales and motor vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund:

  • 83.51%

SARA Board Seat

San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Board Place Three incumbent Michael Lackey received an overwhelming 68.02% of the vote over challenger Donald Oroian.

NEISD Bond

The North East Independent School District’s $499 million proposed bond received 64.52% of the early vote and carried that wide majority into the final tally with 65.68%.

The new bond will include 69 projects in the district without a tax rate increase. The projects focus on school improvements, with 75% of the money going toward aging campuses, security upgrades, and technology advancements.

Reagan Greer, NEISD Bond PAC co-chair, addresses the crowd as the favorable results come in. Photo by Melessa Rodriguez.
Reagan Greer, NEISD Bond PAC co-chair, addresses the crowd as the favorable results come in. Photo by Melessa Rodriguez.

Early voting ended Friday for The Nov. 3 Amendment, Joint General, Special and Bond Election. Statewide, there are 8,991,166 registered voters and only 5.55% (499,012) showed up to vote early for this off-year election.

There are 959,760 registered voters in Bexar County, which means only 3.978% of registered voters (38,180) cast early votes. If an equal number turned out on Tuesday, the total will still fall short of 8%.

*Top image: Tómas Uresti (left) and John Lujan (right) on election night. Photos by Joan Vinson and Scott Ball, respectively.

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San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.