Travis Gibson, a 43-year-old special education aide at Carver Middle School, will take a seat on the Bellmead City Council after defeating Oralia “Marty” Hernandez in Saturday’s election.
Gibson, the son of McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson, won with 50 votes — or 63 percent — to Hernandez’s 30 votes — 37 percent.
Gibson was urged to run by outgoing Precinct 2 Councilman Kevin Wilson, who stepped down after seven years. Hernandez, 50, a substitute teacher was urged to run by Councilman Gary Moore, who had clashed with Wilson on various issues.
Gibson said previously that he didn’t hesitate long when Wilson called him and asked him to run.
“I’ve been around politics since I was about 10 or 12 years old, and I always thought about doing that, representing the community. ... I want to continue to see Bellmead grow. It’s a great place to live,” he said.
Gibson, a father of five, said he has been involved in the community by coaching Pop Warner football and serving on Bellmead’s Building Standards Commission.
Hernandez said her life experience raising children as a single working mother prepared her to listen to people’s concerns and solve problems. As a member of the city’s parks board, she has been involved with plans for new park development. She wants to work to clean up the city.
“I’m a strong believer that you have to be part of the solution,” she said.