Two seats, municipal judge up for grabs in Alamo

ALAMO — Residents here will vote on two city commissioner seats and municipal judge during this year’s Constitutional Election.

Former City Commissioner Trinidad “Trino” Medina is challenging incumbent Amelia “Molly” Gallegos for Place 1.

In Place 3, incumbent Robert “Mailman” De La Garza is facing challenger Tomas “Tommy” Moncivais Jr.

The challenger’s sister, Veronica Moncivais, is also seeking office in the city of Alamo. She is challenging incumbent Celia Garcia for the municipal judge seat.

Both Veronica Moncivais and Garcia responded to a request for comment last week.

“I just want to continue doing what I’m doing now,” Garcia, the longtime incumbent said. “I’m a hard worker; I think you can see what I’ve done since 2009 as well.”

Garcia has presided over 464 trials, arraigned more than 5,700 defendants and conducted thousands of citation hearings, she said. She also has brought in about $4.8 million in revenue.

Moncivais, however, argued the municipal court should not be used as an income-generating source.

“Those that prove to have an inability to pay should be offered a variety of options to cover the costs in place of having such a heavy and unnecessary financial burden placed upon them,” the attorney said.

Garcia said she has been accessible and works for the people.

“I’m approachable and people can reach me at anytime,” she said. “I’m ready to go work, and I answer my phone calls. I’m there for the people for whatever they need.”

If elected, Moncivais said she would request an audit of the court’s financial transactions and implement new measures for transparency, including a body cam for the court’s bailiff and video and audio recordings of the proceedings.

“There should be no discrepancy between who gets a high bond or a PR (personal recognizance) bond, instead what should be taken into consideration is the severity of the criminal complaint before the court,” she said.

Garcia indicated residents could count on her to make fair and accurate decisions.

“They can count on me to do the right thing,’ she said, “and I won’t be playing political games.”

Alamo residents have until Nov. 7 to cast their voters.

Nlopez@themonitor.com