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Place 1 Raymondville City Commission candidate still must clear long list of traffic offenses, judge says

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer

A hopeful candidate for Raymondville City Commission who had outstanding traffic court fines has paid fines mentioned in last week’s Chronicle but now must clear up 20 more outstanding fines or warrants in Willacy County and other counties if she plans to have her named placed on the ballot.

Erica Reyes Rubalcaba, 34, has outstanding warrants or unpaid fines as far away as El Paso totaling between $4,000 and $5,000, Municipal Court Judge Felicita Gutierrez said on Monday.

She did pay the amounts listed in last week’s Chronicle but did so by mail. If she had paid them in person, she would have learned there are additional fees because she was paying them late after pleading guilty to traffic offenses and promising to pay the fines earlier, then failing to appear in court or paying the amounts owed, the judge said.

“She (also) has five citations in Willacy County Justice of the Peace Court No. 5 and six more in Precinct No. 2,” the judge said. “She has three in the City of Harlingen; one each in Cameron County Precinct 3 and Precinct 4; she has three in Combes; and one in Cameron County Precinct 2,” Gutierrez said.

Reyes Rubalcaba also has warrants in Pecos and El Paso County dating back to 2009 and 2003, Gutierrez said.

The warrants in Willacy County are all misdemeanors, but it is obvious that Reyes Rubalcaba does not have a valid driver’s license, the municipal judge said. In a posting on social media, she was driving while recording her video message, the judge said.

If she is pulled over by a law enforcement officer, she is subject to arrest, the judge said. Driving without a valid license would be another offense.

City of Raymondville employees must have valid driver’s licenses to hold their jobs, Gutierrez said.

Infractions listed against Reyes Rubalcaba (her listed name varies in some of the cases) include infractions such as no insurance, speeding, bail jumping and failure to appear in court, as well as unpaid fines in cases in which she had pleaded guilty, the judge said.

City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia said Reyes Rubalcaba did make a payment this week on her property taxes.

Reyes Rubalcaba was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

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