Early voting for the May election is underway and residents can cast their ballots at any of the 11 polling locations in Hidalgo County.
In Sullivan City, there are two uncontested races for the city council.
Councilmember Adriana Rodriguez is running unopposed for re-election for Place 4 on the council. Councilmember Daniel Flores, meanwhile, is not seeking another term, clearing the way for Julian Peña, the only individual who filed to run for Flores’ Place 4 seat.
Voters, however, will also have to vote on a proposition to dissolve the city’s economic development corporation and create a municipal development district in its place. Doing so would re-direct the half-cent sales tax from the EDC to the MDD, ultimately keeping the total sales tax imposed within the city at the same rate.
In Pharr, incumbents Ambrosio Hernandez, the current mayor, and Ricardo Medina, commissioner for Place 5, are running unopposed.
For Place 1 on the city commission, incumbent Eleazar Guajardo is running against Daniela Zuniga, an insurance agent and political newcomer. After being vacated by former commissioner Mario Bracamontes, Place 6 is being contested by two political newcomers: Itza Flores, a special education director, and Lorena Singh, a social worker.
In San Juan, two positions on the city commission are up for election. For Place 4, incumbent Leonardo “Lenny” Sanchez is being challenged by Erasmo “Eddie” Garcia, a retiree who used to be the San Juan fire chief and once sat on the Economic Development Corporation board. Place 5 incumbent Pete Garcia is being challenged by two candidates: Fernando Castillo, former Progreso ISD superintendent, and Marco “Markie” Villegas, a teacher for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district.
Early voting runs through April 30. For more information on polling locations, visit: https://www.hidalgocounty.us/2419/2019-May-4-Local-Entities-Elections.
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