Gregorio Gutiérrez/ Jim Sánchez, Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO –After Tuesday’s March 6 Primary elections concluded, final tabulation results from various county, state and federal positions where races were contested were posted. 

Locally, one candidate running on the Democratic side for the Tom Green County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 was Sally Ayana. Ayana previously worked at GT Verizon for 40 years and is a graduate of Angelo State University. 

Ayana whose campaign slogan is “Justice for All,” was interviewed by Conexión prior to election day at her campaign office. “I am a person of Honesty, fairness, integrity and want to make a difference in the community as a servant,” she said.

In 2013, Sally ran for one of the seats on the San Angelo City Council and lost. Conexión asked why she decided to run again, five years later?

“There was an opportunity open for the Democratic side on this particular job.” “And, I wanted to at least give back to the community and let them know that I speak for the voiceless.” Ayana stated she was one of those silent voices in the past but is a firm believer that more voices need to be heard.

At the Coalition of Black Democrats' - San Angelo Chapter, Public Forum held March 3 at the Stephens Central Library, Ayana stated that there were issues she would like to tackle, such as small claims court miscellaneous, evictions, warrants, and vehicle violations. “I would like to do more studies on each of those topics and find out what is needed,” she said.

“Once I win, (November 6 General Election) my plans are to still serve the community and try to work with families to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, particularly for Precinct 1.”  “I don’t want to just represent one group but everybody,” concluded Ayana.

Ayana’s tabulation results for the JP Precinct 1 Democratic side showed a total of 323 votes were cast which represented 82.61%

Come November 6, Ayana will run against Republican incumbent, Susan Werner, JP Precinct 1. Werner, unopposed in the primary election, won with 629 votes cast for her, which represented 77.46%.