LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With six of six voting centers reporting, Lala Chavez has won the special second election for the Lubbock Independent School District district 1 board seat.
Chavez captured 52.66% of the vote, while Ybarra took 47.34%. Chavez got 514 votes, Ybarra got 462.
Incumbent Mario Ybarra and Lala Chavez tied after the May 7 general election forcing a second election.
Her Facebook page calls Lala Chavez a "champion of families." She has worked as a teacher for LISD for years, teaching at Stubbs Elementary, Wheatley Elementary, and Cavazos Middle School.
Lala has five children, who have all attended school in LISD, with many grandchildren still in school.
Lala is a civic volunteer with experience serving on boards such as: the Lubbock High Booster Club, Lubbock High South Plains Fair Committee, and The President of Guadalupe Neighborhood Association.
When Lala Chavez heard early voting numbers Tuesday evening and she was in the lead with about 54 percent to 45 percent, she still did not feel confident.
"You never know," Chavez said. "The numbers change that quick, and there's no sense in me getting my hopes up and then getting down."
Chavez was also in the lead after the May 7 election early voting numbers, but in the end, her opponent Mario Ybarra tied her.
"I mean, granted, I would have liked to have that one more vote," Chavez said, "but I'm not selfish."
That's why a group gathered at her home around 7:30 p.m. to support her in her second election - the first one a Lubbock School Board has ever has had.
"Ten-and-a-half hours, we worked diligently out there," Chavez said.
Chavez was up at six this morning with other members of her campaign to rally voters.
"I'm going to make certain that we have the best of the best because we deserve it," Chavez said.
Chavez credits that work and passion for the moment that happened shortly after 8 p.m., when she won 52 to 47 percent.
"I will not disappoint you," Chavez said. "I will not disappoint you."
Chavez still has a lot of learning to do, she said, but she looks forward to it.
"I think that I have a passion for kids," Chavez said. "I want to see them excel. I want to make sure that they have the tools that they need here at our schools. Not just in District One, but throughout."