Seguin City Council race unseats incumbent, welcomes new councilwoman
Posted on 11/7/2018 12:30:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Following what was a razor thin contest throughout much of the evening, voters during Tuesday's General Election managed to unseat the incumbent in the Seguin City Council District 3 race while also welcoming a new city leader for District 7.


In District 3, Candidate Chris Aviles was able to pull from behind -- defeating Incumbent Jim Lievens. Despite being in the lead for the first half of the race, Lievens fell short by 57 votes. Aviles secured th win with 547 of the votes cast while Lievens trailed behind with 490 votes.

Aviles says he's humbled, honored and excited to begin serving the residents of Seguin.

"First off, I want to give God the glory for all the people he sent out there to vote, and all the people he put on my team to help get this accomplished. I can't thank the good Lord enough...to him be all
the glory. Secondly, I've got to hand it out to Jim (Lievens). Jim did an awesome job. He worked hard, and I worked hard. He's a great competitor and an awesome guy. There are a lot of good things about
him. My hats off to him -- he did a great job as well. I just have to extend my greatest and humblest gratitude to all the people that came out and supported me and casts their votes," said Aviles.

Although the night did not turn out as he had hoped, Lievens says he still remains grateful for the opportunity to have served and to have campaigned for another opportunity.

"Naturally, I'm disappointed in the results but I said all along for the last couple of days that I'm very much at peace with whatever the results would be and win or lose, I have a very grateful heart and I could say that the last year, I've given it my all to be on city council to serve the citizens not only of District 3 but of the entire city. I'm grateful to all the citizens that I've talked with and I helped. I'm grateful for all those really good relationships that I formed with city staff and I've got to tell you what, this city is blessed with some great staff at city hall and I wish people would fully appreciate that and of course, I'm grateful for those who voted for me. I'm grateful for the democratic process. We live in a great country. This is a time of Thanksgiving and we need to appreciate and give our thanks for this great country, state and city that we live in," said Lievens.

Voters in District 7 will also be welcoming Penny Wallace as their new representative on the Seguin City Council. Wallace defeated challenger William "Bill" Odom for the position. Wallace, who led the race the entire night, received 574 of the votes cast while Odom trailed with 278 votes.
 
Wallace says she is honored for the opportunity and looks forward to serving the city well.

"I can tell you this has been a very humbling experience. There has been very nice comments today made to me; Comments of support, inspiration and its all been very kind and very touching. And I'm so appreciative. Now I feel like my next job is to live up to those expectations. So that's what I'll be doing." said Wallace.

Wallace replaces Councilwoman Donna Dodgen, who was not eligible to seek re-election due to term limits.
 
The council members are expected to be administered the oath of office during the next regular meeting.


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