Cascos Named Cameron Co. Judge, Wood Not Ready to Concede
POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:17pm
Cameron County commissioners have accepted the final tally numbers presented by elections administrator Roger Ortiz for the Cameron County judge's race. The canvass took place Tuesday morning and several supporters of both parties were in attendance.
The complete numbers, according to Ortiz, Carlos Cascos, 20,640 votes; John Wood, 20,576 votes. Cascos pulled ahead by just 64 votes to clinch the win. This after precinct 54 tally numbers were factored in as well as the over 60 votes inadvertently left out, marked for the republican ticket.
After the numbers were read, Cascos asked Ortiz if all the votes had been counted. Ortiz said he personally went through the tally sheets multiple times.
Despite having named an official winner in the judge's race, there may be more to come. It seems challenger John Wood isn't quite ready to give up the fight for the Cameron County judge position.
"We’re still looking at some other issues and possibly some other calculations that need to be done. So I don’t have a definitive decision at this point, until we finish looking at what we’re going to be looking at.” Democratic challenger John Wood said. ."
Wood says there's a myriad of issues his camp will look into, but he wouldn't elaborate.
When asked about taking a legal stand, he said he's just not sure at this point, that'll be determined based on what they find.
In the meantime, Carlos Cascos made his way back to his office where he'll serve a second term. Cascos says he's eager to move forward with his duties as county judge after a lengthy delay in the elections process.
It's expected that Carlos Cascos will be sworn in sometime in early January to begin his new term as the Cameron County judge.