“The battle for HCCS District IX should not have ever even gone to a runoff,” says Taylor. “Our client Dr. Pretta VanDible Stallworth was the most qualified candidate in the race from the very beginning,” he states. “But somehow, due to a combination of things she ended up trailing the Republican Eugene “Gene” Pack back in the General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – But in my opinion, Dr. Stallworth didn’t panic and the runoff election voters were able to clearly identify the best candidate.”
Gretchen Himsl was the underdog from the very beginning in the race for this predominantly Hispanic District. “The race for HISD Trustee for District I was Elizabeth Santos’ race to lose on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the Runoff Elections says,” Taylor. “Himsl did the best she could, but in the end, the numbers just were not going to be there for her -- without a lot of help,” he explains.
In case you don’t remember, Jesse A. Rodriguez led all vote-getters back on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in the General Election with 1,241 votes. Sergio Lira finished just behind Rodriguez in the four candidate field with 1,051 votes. “A lot of folks thought Rodriguez was the clear “FRONT-RUNNER” heading into the runoff; but Sergio Lira wasn’t having any of that,” says Taylor. In the end, to the victor goes the spoils, is what the old adage says. And on Saturday, December 9, 2017, Sergio Lira took full advantage of the low voter turnout to score a come-from-behind victory with, get this, 850 votes for 57.28% of the vote. Jesse A. Rodriguez, could only muster 634 votes for 42.72% of the vote in his losing effort. “Just in case anyone has forgotten, I told everybody prior to the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Election, to watch out for Sergio Lira in the race for HISD District III – did I get it right or what?”