Incumbent District 5 Waco City Councilman Kyle Deaver walked away with another term in Saturday’s election, trouncing challenger Robert Cervantes by a margin of 783 to 106.
Deaver, 51, an attorney and businessman, won 88 percent of the vote. He interpreted the wide margin as a vote of confidence.
“I think people are confident in the direction the city is headed in,” Deaver said Saturday night. “I’m grateful to the voters of District 5 that I can continue for two more years.”
The council appointed Deaver in 2012 to fill out the remaining year of Malcolm Duncan Jr.’s term after he was elected mayor. Deaver was elected for a full term in 2013. He has been an active member of the council’s finance and audit committee and has championed street improvements and the Prosper Waco plan to move people out of poverty.
“I want to continue to work on Prosper Waco, and we have to take a hard look at our infrastructure, including our streets, water and sewer,” he said.
Cervantes, 40, an administrator with the Doris Miller Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said he has no regrets about running and expects to try again.
“This was a great learning opportunity,” he said. “I met tons of great people. I certainly identified things I could do better next time.”
Cervantes, a Waco native who is Hispanic, ran on the theme of improving relations between police and minority communities.
“I think it struck a chord with people,” he said. “We need to take a harder look at the things Waco is doing and make sure we don’t have those problems. We need to make sure we’re engaging everybody in the conversation.”
Deaver celebrated the win with a quiet dinner at home with his family, including his daughter, Morgan, who just took her last final exam at Baylor University.