Incumbent councilor Mark Loffgren beat businesswoman April Butler in Saturday’s election for the Victoria City Council super district 6 seat.
Loffgren garnered 2,848 votes, or 58.54 percent, to Butler’s 922 votes, or 41.46 percent, according to unofficial county results, with all 30 polling centers reporting.
The final tally was reported just after 10:15 p.m., hours after polls closed at 7 p.m.
“I’m happy with the results,” Loffgren said after the results were released. “I hope to continue to help the city move forward. I look forward to serving another three years.”
Her opponent said she appreciates voters making their voices heard no matter who wins.
“You know, the voters voted and you have to respect that,” Butler said. “I am extremely grateful to the family and friends who have given their time to this campaign. Just love and appreciate the constituents who have taken the time to share their concerns with me about the future of Victoria. .
“My sincere congratulations to Mr. Loffgren on his election. I intend to continue for our community,” she said.
Loffgren, who has held the position since 2019, said during the campaign that the competition reminds candidates what to focus on for their constituents.
Super District 6 encompasses Districts 3 and 4, generally the northern half of the city, north and west of Houston Highway and Sam Houston Drive.
While her father served in the US Air Force, Loffgren grew up in England and France and taught for the University of California educational system. He was recruited to work at the HEB store in Victoria, where he worked for a quarter of a century before retiring as store manager.
Butler owns the Wood House Day Spa in Victoria and the information technology company “I Fix Computers Guy”.
“Win or lose, it’s been a hell of a ride,” Butler said ahead of the election.
A lifelong journalist, local government reporter George Coryell loves 1960s muscle cars and guns.