EDINBURG — The Palacios family continues to hold a key to the city after longtime municipal judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios beat his first opponent in more than two decades.
Palacios received almost twice as many votes as his opponent, Edinburg attorney Alma Garza, according to unofficial voting figures released by the Hidalgo County Elections Department on Tuesday night.
Palacios will continue to preside over Edinburg after clinching 66% of the vote, with 4,312 ballots cast in his favor.
Garza obtained 34% of the votes, with 2,197 residents voting for her.
Palacios has served as municipal judge since 1994 and had run unopposed since then. Garza was his first challenger in more than two decades
“I’ve been serving the community for 25 years, and I guess they still want me here,” Palacios said Tuesday after early voting figures showed he held a solid majority.
The longtime municipal judge survived an Edinburg charter amendment election last year that would have essentially ousted him based on term limits.
“I’m glad everybody came out and voted the way they did,” he said. “I will continue to serve the community with dignity and integrity.”
Palacios thanked his supporters and had a message for his detractors.
“For those that didn’t support me, rest assured that I’m going to treat them exactly the same way as those who did (support me),” he said. “I do not want to make our city look bad in any way, shape or form and I’m going to continue to serve the public to the best of my abilities.”