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Election concludes as COVID-19 cases rise

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    Demonstrators stand outside the Kerrville County Courthouse following accusations of election fraud from President Donald Trump and several Republican leaders. Trump carried over 52 percent of Texas. On December 14, 50 states and the District of Columbia will formally cast their electoral votes for president and vice president. The vote count will be finalized and the results certified on January 6, 2021.

The 2020 Bandera County General Election resulted in the re-election of Suzanne Schauman as mayor, the appointment of two city council members, three new Utopia Independent School District board trustees, three new members of the Flying L Public Utility District Board of Directors and the passing of Medina Independent School District Proposition A.

These election results arrived during an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

13 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Bandera county on Monday, bringing the total case number to 236. Fifteen additional cases are pending investigation.

Schauman received 58 percent of the vote, defeating Cindy Lou Coffey by 70 votes.

Toni Kunz, who received the most votes out of the three candidates, and Darcy Hasty, the first nonpartisan candidate to be endorsed by Bandera County Republican Women, were elected to city council.

By a vote of 650-613, voters passed Medina Independent School District’s (ISD) Proposition A, which will increase taxes for those living in the district to balance the budget for maintenance and operating services.

“Our voters know that we are very conservative,” said district superintendent Kevin Newsom. “We are very excited to continue to serve our community.”

Wayne Moore, Jena Mauldin Smothers and Terry Snow were elected as new Utopia ISD School Board Trustees.

Judd Ryan, Don Bateman and Nathon Laws were elected to the Flying L Public Utility Board of Directors. Laws was elected by a margin of three votes.

Congressman Chip Roy was reelected as United States Representative to the 21st District of Texas, carrying nearly 80 percent of the vote in the county.

“I am honored to represent the great people, businesses and communities of the 21st Congressional District in Texas, and I appreciate the faith those people have placed in me to continue to represent them,” Roy said in a statement last Wednesday.

On election night, the Bandera Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reported that the total COVID-19 cases in the county had increased to 217. As of Monday, that count has increased to 236.

Last Friday, Bandera Independent School District announced they had three confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Monday, they announced two additional confirmed positives and an additional possible case for which they are awaiting official documentation.

A statement from BISD Superintendent Jerry Hollingsworth said the district had identified and notified those who may have been exposed and placed them on a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Last Friday, the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire De partment announced they received notice of a positive COVID-19 case from one of their players who attended bingo on October 30.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the department said they do not believe the individual contracted COVID-19 from their facility since they had recently traveled outside the county. They have cancelled bingo events through November 13.

Bandera EOC Coordinator Cary Reed believes the uptick in cases might be due to better reporting.

“Providers were holding their data for longer periods of time before going in and filling out reports,” Reed said. “We have a new data provider now. Once we got them on board, the numbers went up.”

Reed also said that a few cases may have been due to Halloween festivities.

Bandera county is currently under exemption from Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, which requires the use of face coverings in counties where there have been at least 30 COVID-19 cases in a 14-day period.

County Judge Robert Evans said he does not believe Bandera County will reach a case count that revokes this exception, and he encouraged residents to partake in cautionary measures such as wearing masks, practicing proper hygiene and staying home if you don’t feel well.

Full Bandera County election results can be found at https://www. banderacounty.org/departments/ElectionAdministrator.htm.