The hotly contested Precinct 5 constable's race will last at least a little longer now that a second recount has been requested.
Frank Flores III, who was the top vote-getter after the March 4 Democratic primary, told the newspaper last week he would challenge the results of the April 8 run-off, which placed Flores 27 votes behind Dionicio "Don" Ysassi.
Flores said he would definitely pay a deposit for a recount, considering the close results.
"I've already made contact with the (Democratic) party and I need to wait until the votes get canvassed," Flores said.
The canvassing of the April 8 run-off results will take place this week, setting up the second recount in the constable's contest.
According to results provided by the Nueces County Clerk's office, Ysassi pulled out a 27-vote win over Flores in last week's Precinct 5 constable's run-off election, setting the stage for Ysassi to be sworn into office in January to succeed retiring Precinct 5 Constable Mike Roldan, although Independents have until May to file for the office.
Ysassi received 859 of the 1,691 votes cast for the April 8 run-off, or 50.8 percent.
Flores received 832 votes, or 49.2 percent.
Flores won the early voting 615 to 507, but Ysassi won 352 to 217 among the votes cast on April 8 in the Democratic run-off.
Flores, currently the Precinct 5 chief deputy constable, was the top vote-getter during the March 4 Democratic primary for Precinct 5 constable. Flores won 1,379 of the 4,179 votes cast, or 33 percent, while Ysassi, a truancy officer at Seale Junior High School, won 960 of the votes cast, or 23 percent.
The April 8 run-off was necessary since none of the five candidates for Precinct 5 constable received more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary.
Lt. Gilbert Gomez of the Robstown Police Department finished third in the March 4 primary with 934 votes, or 22 percent; Corpus Christi deputy marshal Gerardo "Gerald" Ochoa won 603 votes, or 14.4 percent, while Robstown businessman Rolando Martinez received 303 votes, or 7 percent.
Gomez ordered a recount after the March 4 primary and picked up one additional vote from mail-in ballots, and four early voting votes that weren't counted on election night, but that was not enough to close his 26-vote gap with Ysassi for second place in the primary voting.
After Gomez's recount, Ysassi garnered the support of the three former Precinct 5 constable candidates.
"The endorsements of the other three candidates really helped me out," Ysassi said. "Some other supporters voted for me and also we had some other candidates' supporters coming out to help me in my election."
The battle lines were clear leading up the April 8 run-off, with supporters of Flores campaigning on the north side of Main Avenue in front of the Johnny S. Calderon County Building in Robstown, while Ysassi's supporters gathered on the south side of Robstown's downtown thoroughfare.
Flores said the other four Precicnt 5 constable candidates ganged up against him and he was disappointed with the turnout and results.
"I was kind of disappointed that we didn't get a good turnout of people coming out to vote," Flores said. "It was a close race. They definitely did gang up on me. I kind of expected different results from our community because I've been there for so many years. I thought I had the majority of the citizens behind me. I believe that they just didn't come out to vote."
Ysassi said he understood why Flores would want a recount considering that the margin of victory in the run-off was only 27 votes.
"I'm confident the system is going to work again the way it's been working," Ysassi said. "We'll go through it again and see what happens. I'm pretty confident it's going to be the same thing when they recount the votes."
In other April 8 Democratic run-off races, Jimmy Rivera defeated Jack Caughman 446 to 435 for the Precinct 3 constable's race for the Bishop area, and Lucy Rubio defeated Alex Garcia Jr. 2,011 to 1,937 for Democratic county chair.
A Republican Party run-off was not necessary.