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Ybarra wins Pasadena City Council District A race

May 5, 2019

Former Pasadena City Council member Ornaldo Ybarra has defeated District A incumbent Felipe Villarreal in the May 4 election.

Ybarra, a lieutenant with the Pearland Police Department, received 342 votes, or 78.8 percent, compared with 92 for Villareal, who was seeking re-election to a second term.

Ybarra, 40, who served on the Pasadena council for eight years before leaving office because of term limits in 2017, campaigned on a platform that included cutting the property tax rate and garbage rates.

He had also touted his position as a longtime leader in the city.

“When I was on City Council, I was a leader,” said Ybarra, a lifelong District A resident. “Over an eight-year span, I was mayor pro tem twice, which means I was elected by my peers, by my fellow council members, to serve in that capacity.”

Ybarra was endorsed by the Pasadena Police Officers Political Action Committee of the Pasadena Police Officers Union.

Villarreal, 45, a deputy constable for the Harris County Precinct 2 office, said during the campaign that his primary focus during the last two years has been to work to get District A as many resources as possible, contending that the district has been neglected for a number of years before his term.

Ybarra said Villarreal had taken credit for some of the work for which he and and his staff laid the groundwork.

District A spans from just north of Texas 225 south to West Ellaine and Southmore avenues.