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Election Day: Voters will choose mayor, 3 commissioners

May 4, 2019

The Cameron County Elections Department spent Friday putting the finishing touches on polling locations and getting ready for the polls to open Saturday morning.

“ We’re just waiting for the gates to open at 7 a.m. for the voters and we want to encourage everyone to find out where their location is,” said Cameron County Elections Administrator Remi Garza.

Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Brownsville municipal elections, which are featuring races for mayor and three city commission seats.

After early voting, 7,805 residents have voted and Garza is encouraging residents to get out and vote.

“ Each level of government has a responsibility to its community and those at the local level have the greatest impact on everybody’s daily life, whether they are selecting which roads are going to be paved or repaired or decisions about parks or basic utilities for the city,” Garza said.

In the mayoral election, incumbent Tony Martinez, who was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, is facing challenges from former city manager Charlie Cabler and Texas Southmost College board trustee Trey Mendez.

All three candidates are pitching economic development.

The only race not featuring an incumbent is the At-Large A seat, which former commissioner Cesar Deleon vacated after resigning earlier this year.

That race features four candidates, including John Cowen, Jessica Puente Bradshaw, Carlos Guerrero and Ismael Hinojosa.

The District 1 election has three candidates challenging the longest tenured city commissioner, Ricardo Longoria, who has held the position since 2003.

William A. Garza, Nurith P. Galonsky and Michael Rodriguez are challenging Longoria.

In the District 2 election, two candidates are challenging incumbent Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa, who first won election as a write-in candidate eight years ago.

Those challengers are Pat Ahumada and Catalina “Caty” Presas-Garcia.

Garza, the elections administrator, also noted that some polling locations have changed from the November 2018 election.

“ Polling locations have been consolidated and will not have a polling site in every precinct,” the Elections Department said in a press release. “While the polling locations, with few exceptions, are the same for the last city-wide election they are different than the last county-wide election.”

Voters can find their polling locations by visiting the website Cameronvotes.com and check a new interactive map or find a list of polling sites to see where they can cast ballots.

For those who are unsure, Garza encourages them to call (844) Can Vote (226-8683) or (956) 544-0809.

“ We know people get used to voting at certain locations and become frustrated when they feel they have been moved between elections,” Garza said. “It is important to understand that each election is different and each jurisdiction works hard to be consistent. We stand ready to answer any questions and help voters find the right location to cast their ballots.”

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com