George Arispe
George Arispe

George Arispe was elected in his own right as mayor of Eldorado on Saturday, May 4th, defeating David Robledo 112-24. Arispe, who had been the city’s mayor pro tem, took over as mayor following the death of long-serving Mayor John Nikolauk on July 25, 2018.

Arispe received more than 82 percent of the vote on Saturday, with a total of 136 ballots cast.

Arispe is retired from the Schleicher County Sheriff’s Department where he served as Chief Deputy. Prior to this law enforcement career, Arispe worked in the oilfield as a roughneck, driller, toolpusher and a welder. He worked for a time at the Eldorado Restaurant for Jerrold Sanders and his family owned and operated Casa Arispe restaurant for many years.

Arispe served on the Schleicher County Hospital District board of trustees. He was on the board of the Eldorado Youth Corps and the Schleicher County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Annie celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in December of last year.

Wayne McGinnes also won re-election to a city council seat in Ward #2, defeating Mickey Romero 39-31. McGinnes, who has served four years on the city council during his current term, also served an additional five years in the 1980s. He received 55.71 percent of the 70 votes cast in the race.

McGinnes is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and is a U.S. Army veteran. He was wounded in action in Vietnam.

The Eldorado City Council has a number of ongoing projects under way, including the construction of a new water tower on Southwest Main Street as well as the installation of larger water mains in several parts of town.