An overview of Victoria’s local politics this year

Here's an overview of Victoria's local political stories and events in 2020.

VICTORIA, Texas – 2020 started off like any other year, with many of us excited to see what was coming up ahead for our national and local political races. This election has been described as one of the most unique races in American History but has also been recognized as the election with the most voter turnout with a 66.2 percent nation-wide voting eligibility.  

Texas has a history of vast political involvement, for Victoria county, it’s no different. One of UHV’s professors, Craig Goodman, even encouraged his students to vote. In order to increase the younger voter turnout, which is usually scrutinized 

Looking back, we also came across the issue of political signs getting stolen or vandalized here in Victoria. Where Bill Pozzi, the Republican Chair and Pat Tally, the Democratic Chair shared their reactions to this issue. Later we had Ben Zeller, County Judge, explain to us in more depth the political sign laws placed in Texas.  

“I’ve spoken to several people this week, who have wanted to know why even allow campaign signs on county-owned property. The reason is while it is a government owned building, it’s also an early voting location and as an early voting location it’s covered by the Texas election code,” Zeller explained. 

On November 3rd, Election Day, we were able to speak one-on-one with both local Democrats and Republicans running for the VISD school board and County Tax Assessor. As the results came out, the winners – Hernandez and Bernal – were happy to gain their positions, in order to serve the community.   

“I just want to thank, a huge thank you to all my donors that helped throughout my campaign, without you none of this would have been possible. The voters, everyone who supported me, without y’all I wouldn’t be standing right here,” said Ashley Hernandez.  

“Well, I’m just excited to be here. So that you very much to KAVU and we’re looking forward to the results tonight. I can say very emphatically that I really want to work hard continuously, ask some tough questions, and most importantly for us to be a competitive school district – not only in academic and student performance, but for our compensation for our employees,” said Bret Baldwin. 

Most recently, the Victoria County Commissioners have implemented banning oversized political signs on County Property. Zeller also explained how these changes will only allow small yard signs on County owned property.  

“A lot of folks think that anything goes when it comes to campaign signs on county property. That’s not true. There are steps that we can take, and the Commissioner’s Court is taking those steps now that the election is over,” Zeller said.  

Commissioners have discussed adding another Early Voting Location in Precinct number 2. 2020 has really been a unique year, while changes are taking place, our local leaders continue to work for the community as Victoria continues to grow.  

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