Fort Worth

Sal Espino wins District 2 seat, recount confirms

Steve Thornton challenged Sal Espino in the May 9 election for the District 2 seat. His loss was confirmed by a recount of votes on Tuesday.
Steve Thornton challenged Sal Espino in the May 9 election for the District 2 seat. His loss was confirmed by a recount of votes on Tuesday. Courtesy

Councilman Sal Espino is still the winner of the race for Fort Worth’s District 2 seat, even if it’s just by 26 votes.

Espino, seeking his sixth term, won the May 9 election with 1,170 votes, confrimed a Tuesday recount of the votes requested by his challenger, retired Fort Worth firefighter Steve Thornton.

Thornton lost one vote in Tuesday’s recount, said Frank Phillips, elections administrator for the Tarrant County Elections Office, down to 1,144.

“The Tarrant County Elections Office has an outstanding team,” Espino said. “I had complete confidence in the electoral system. I am pleased with the results and look forward to continuing to work the next two years. I am going to work for everyone in District 2, those who voted for me, those who voted against me, and those who didn’t vote.”

Thornton did not want to comment until his attorney had reviewed the new election data. Thornton had previously said the race was to close to call without the recount, and he posted a $1,500 deposit to make it happen. He requested the recount Friday.

The recount, which started at 9 a.m. Tuesday, was completed by hand and took until after lunch, Phillips said.

In Fort Worth’s other highly contested race — for District 4 — Councilman Danny Scarth lost to challenger Cary Moon in a much more decisive outcome. Moon won 60 percent of the vote.

Espino said priorities for the district include transportation and infrastructure improvements, getting TEX Rail to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport by 2018 and improving code compliance.

Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984

Twitter: @catyhirst

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