GALENA PARK – After a close election in May, in which four candidates vied for the office of major of Galena Park, in the run-off election held last Saturday, June 21 Galena Park made history by electing the first Hispanic female mayor of the city.
Moya was running against Joe Thibodeaux, a well known candidate because he had been city councilman for 20 years. Moya did not have any other political experience, but convinced the voters by a wide margin that she had the qualifications to be mayor.
Even though it was a runoff, voters were excited enough about the outcome to turn out in numbers larger that the general election in May. At that time, 746 votes were recorded, and this time 784 electors went to the voting booths.
Moya received a total of 452 votes, and her opponent Joe Thibodeaux received 322. Both of these total were an in-crease from the previous election, where Moya received 260 and Thibodeaux 217.
Also on the ballot was a run-off for Council Seat #4, between Juan Flores Jr. and Martha Flores. This position is responsible for Streets and Bridges in the city. Voting was quite close in this race, because both candidates are well known in the community. J. Flores received 377 votes, and M. Flores was close behind, with 360 votes.