No runoff election will be required in the election for seats on the Val Verde County Hospital District Board of Trustees, hospital officials said Thursday.
“The Val Verde County Hospital District is governed by Chapter 1110 of the Texas Special District Local Laws Code. Chapter 1110 does not require a director to receive a majority vote. This is similar to most other hospital districts. As such, a runoff election is not required, and the candidate that received the most votes is elected to the public office,” Maricela Arreola, executive assistant to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center chief executive officer and the hospital’s elections coordinator said in a statement emailed to the Del Rio News-Herald on Thursday.
The News-Herald contacted the hospital following Tuesday’s counting of ballots for the three races in the Val Verde County Hospital District election.
Candidates in two of those races were unopposed and are the presumptive winners until the ballots are canvassed by the hospital district’s board of trustees.
None of the three candidates in the race for Val Verde County Hospital District Trustee At-Large, election had more than 50 percent of the ballots cast in the race.
Robin Anne Palmer had the most votes in the three-way race, with 5,903 ballots, or 47.54 percent. The incumbent trustee, Raul Alatorre, had 4,989 votes, or 40.18 percent of the ballots cast, and the third candidate, Juan C. Onofre, had 1,525 votes, or 12.28 percent of the total ballots.
Arreola said the hospital’s legal team issued a statement about the election and whether or not a runoff would be required to determine the winner of the trustee at-large seat.
“Pursuant to Section 2.001 of the Texas Election Code, ‘Except as otherwise provided by law, to be elected to a public office, a candidate must receive more votes than any other candidate for the office.’ This is referred to as a plurality vote (versus a majority vote). In other words, unless a statute specifically requires an election to have a majority vote, a runoff election is not required,” the statement reads.
The hospital’s statement also notes, “Per the Texas Secretary of State, the following elections require a majority vote: primary elections, special elections to fill a vacancy in the legislation or congress; elections for an office of a city with a population of 200,000 or more; certain cities that have increased the term of its elected officials; and elections otherwise as provided by law (Education Code, Water Code, etc.).”