2018-02-07 / News

Primary election contest heating up in Willacy County

by Allen Essex

Preparations have been made for the March 6 Democratic and Republican Party primary elections, Willacy County Elections Administrator Mary Hope Barrera said. Early voting begins Feb. 20 and continues through March 2.

Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Reber Memorial Library Annex, 190 N. Fourth St. in Raymondville.

It has not yet been determined whether there will be Saturday voting or if the polling place will close lunch hour, issues that have to be decided by county commissioners, Barrera said.

Election day voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 12 Democratic Party polling places and two Republican polling places.

In the Democratic Party local races, contested positions are:

Judge of 197th state District Court, now held by Judge Migdalia Lopez, who is retiring: Gerardo “Gerry” Linan, Carlos Masso, Sonia Herrera and Adolfo Cordova. The court has jurisdiction in Willacy and Cameron Counties.

County Clerk: Jacob E. Quilantan, Frances Zamorano-Najera, Susana Rios-Garza.

County commissioner Precinct 2: Richard Flores III, Oscar De Luna (Incumbent), Noe T. Loya County Commissioner Precinct 4: Ramiro “Porky” Vela Jr, Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzales (I).

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1: Jessica (Annie) Rosas, George Estevan Solis.

JP Place 4 is uncontested with Juan Salinas Jr. as the only candidate.

JP Pace 5 is also uncontested with Rodolfo “Rudy” Cantu as the only candidate.

Twelve propositions are on the ballot dealing with issues from the right to public education from pre-k to college without incurring crushing student loan debt to Medicare-for-all type health care to a right to an e-verify system to screen prospective employees to protect legal workers. Human rights, a right to housing and other issues are on the ballot.

Locations of election day polling places, 12 for Democrats and two for Republicans, will be published in the Raymondville Chronicle and Willacy County News just prior to election day.

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