Runoff canvassing marks end of McAllen election season

McALLEN — City commissioners voted on Tuesday to certify the election results from Saturday’s District 5 runoff election in which Victor “Seby” Haddad upset longtime incumbent Commissioner John Ingram.

Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday at a special called meeting to accept the results that Haddad received 54% of the vote compared to Ingram’s 46%. Mayor Jim Darling and Commissioners Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora, Omar Quintanilla, Tania Ramirez were in attendance at the brief meeting at City Hall. Commissioners John Ingram, Javier Villalobos and Veronica Whitacre were absent.

Haddad’s win marks the end of an election season that saw longtime Commissioner Aida Ramirez retire after 18 years on the commission. Aida Ramirez’s departure also gave way to a youth movement on the city commission, with Haddad and Tania Ramirez both under 40 years old.

The next election will be in two years, when the mayor’s seat and three city commission seats will be up for re-election. While there have been special elections and bond elections in McAllen in recent years, city officials said they do not anticipate holding a bond election in the next two years.