Voter Turnout in B/CS: About 10%

The Twin Cities continued their respective traditions of generating low voter turnout Saturday when the elections for each drew about 10 percent of registered voters.

In Bryan, 3,830 residents cast ballots in the mayoral elections, won by Councilmember Jason Bienski over Mitch Morehead. A total of 3,926 votes were cast in the three single member district races. That amounts to approximately 11 percent of Bryan's 35,575 registered voters.

Single Member District 1 was decided by a single vote, with Richard Cortez defeating incumbent Al Saenz, 76-75.

A total of 395 votes were cast in Single Member District 2, where incumbent Paul Madison earned 31 more votes than Howard Hill.

By comparison, 1,624 total votes were cast in Single Member District 3, more than three times as many votes as SMDs 1 and 2 combined. Chuck Konderla scored a comfortable win over Bettye Pool in the race to finish the one year left on Bienski's term.

In the only contested school board race in Bryan, 1,664 votes were cast, the majority going to incumbent Maritza Hoffman as she retained her Single Member District 3 seat.

Bryan also ran Kurten's sales tax election. A total of 34 people voted, 28 favoring the enacting of a 1 percent tax for general revenue.

College Station saw even less of a turnout percentage-wise as it decided a pair of positions on the city council. In the mayor's race, 3,879 ballots were counted, and 3,775 votes were cast in the Place 2 election. That's approximately 10 percent of the 38,587 registered voters.

Unlike Bryan, where the city is divided into five districts whose residents vote for a specific representative, all voters in College Station vote for all city council places.

Nancy Berry defeated incumbent mayor Ben White with ease, while Jess Fields scored a comeback victory Saturday night over Tony Jones.

Fields, a current Aggie student and cigar shop owner, trailed the former city councilmember and Brazos County commissioner by about 700 votes when the early voting totals were tallied. Fields earned enough votes cast Saturday to defeat Jones by 115 votes.

Both Bryan and College Station have strugged in previous municipal and school board elections to garner double-digit voter turnout percentages.

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