Bruno ‘Ralphy’ Lozano, Alfredo ‘Fred’ Carranza take office Wednesday night, in a special City Council meeting

Bruno “Ralphy” Lozano was sworn in Wednesday as Del Rio’s next Mayor.

Swearing-in ceremonies for Lozano and for newly-elected District I Councilman Alfredo “Fred” Carranza took place during a special meeting of the Del Rio City Council.

It was standing-room-only in council chambers at City Hall as outgoing Mayor Robert Garza opened the meeting. Family members, friends, supporters, city staff and Del Rio and out-of-town media crowded the room.

The meeting began with a canvass of the ballots cast in the May 5 municipal election and the declaration of Lozano as the winner of the mayoral race and of Carranza as the winner of the race for the District I council seat.

Garza then called for Lozano and Carranza to receive their oaths of office.

Texas District 74 Rep. Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass) first administered the oath to Lozano. The mayor-elect asked his mother, Paulita Suarez Lozano, to stand by his side during the ceremony.

The audience got to its feet, clapping and cheering, after Lozano completed his oath and hugged his mother.

The crowd applauded again as Garza invited Lozano to the mayor’s seat at the center of the council dais and handed Lozano the council gavel.

Garza congratulated his successor and told him, “If there’s anything I can help you with, information, whatever, don’t hesitate to call.”

“Thank you again,” Lozano said, and the two men shook hands.

Lozano then gave a short speech, which he started by again thanking Garza for his service.

“Your time here will always be remembered as impactful and reverberating. As the city transitions to a new city council, I will reflect on your leadership and achievements ... as you and previous mayors before me have laid the foundation, I will now carry your and their efforts throughout my term as the new mayor,” Lozano said.

After thanking Garza, Lozano invited Carranza to be sworn in by Nevárez. The new District I councilman took the oath of office with his wife Delia standing at his

side, then took his seat on the dais.

After the new councilman was seated, Garza was given a gavel and a plaque and outgoing District I Councilman Rene “Reno” Luna was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation.

Luna is relinquishing the District I seat on the council, but is in a runoff with Raul Ojeda for the Councilperson At-Large, Place C, seat on the council.

In the mayor’s comments section of the agenda, Lozano made another short statement.

Lozano first said he dedicated the experience of being mayor to his late father, Bruno Lozano Jr.

He also thanked his mother for her support.

“On behalf of my family, my friends, my team, I thank you for your support. It has been an amazing journey and I could not have achieved today’s milestone alone.

“There is one immediate goal I will strive for and that is unify our city council, our city administration and ultimately, our city. Without unity we cannot maintain a strong foundation. Without a strong foundation, we cannot build the scaffolding needed to build a structure of any sort. And without a symbolic structure that showcases our unity as a city, we cannot be reminded of our achievements.

“This election has catapulted Del Rio into the 21st Century. Being 35, I am now the youngest mayor to hold this office. I am the first mayor to have graduated from the new Del Rio High School established after our two school districts consolidated. I am the first mayor elected to have graduated from high school in the 21st Century. And yes, as media sources continue to remind us, I am the first openly gay mayor to be elected for the city of Del Rio,” Lozano said.

Lozano’s statement was interrupted by applause.

Lozano said nothing is accomplished without the voters and urged Del Rioans to attend council meetings, visit their City Hall and “hold us accountable for our actions and decisions, whether good or bad.”

A soft wave of applause that started when Lozano finished speaking grew into a standing ovation.

Each of the other council members present also spoke, welcoming the new mayor and pledging to work together with him.

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