Edinburg municipal elections already shaping up

EDINBURG — Results for last week’s school bond election have not yet been finalized, but the campaigning has already begun for the upcoming Edinburg municipal election.

Seats for Edinburg council members David Torres and Homer Jasso will be up in November, creating an opportunity for political slates to fight for a new majority.

Place 3 council member Jasso indicated via Facebook he will not be seeking re-election, while Torres said he will run once more for his “second and final term.”

Place 3 already has at least one contender: Deanna “Coach” Dominguez. Dominguez announced her intent to run in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“Today, I officially announce my run for Edinburg City Council Pl. 3 and it is with a servant’s heart that I ask you for your support,” she said in a post that included a picture of her signing what appeared to be campaign-related documents, possibly assigning a treasurer to her campaign.

Dominguez, who did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, appears to be employed by the Edinburg school district, according to a Facebook post from Place 1 council member Jorge Salinas, who urged voters Wednesday to support Dominguez.

“She has mentored thousands in her 18+ years with ECISD and has shown the leadership abilities needed to be successful and admired as a true champion,” Salinas wrote. “I ask that you follow her page and get to know her in the coming months as she puts herself out in the public eye for a run at Place 3 on the Edinburg City Council.”

Dominguez said Edinburg has long been home.

“My family has lived here since 1903 and my love for my city runs deep,” she wrote.

Dominguez attended Edinburg schools and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and a master’s in culturally and linguistically diverse populations with specialized courses in educational leadership.

“The role of daughter, student, teammate, wife, mother, educator and community member has afforded me countless of lessons of how to work towards something much bigger than me,” Dominguez said.

Throughout her career, she has had the “privilege to work with students who have special needs and coach sports teams,” she said, adding that her experiences have provided her an “avenue to learning how to appreciate different perspectives and how to approach goals, advocate along the way and find a way to win.”

No challengers have yet emerged for the Place 4 seat Torres occupies.