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City Commission to vote on runoff election date

May 14, 2019

The Brownsville City Commission is scheduled to set the municipal election runoff for June 22.

The commission will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday to vote on the proposed runoff date.

The May 4 election resulted in three runoffs after six candidates were unable to secure at least 50% of the vote.

The biggest race on the runoff ticket is the mayoral spot after former city manager Charlie Cabler and Texas Southmost College trustee Trey Mendez unseated incumbent Mayor Tony Martinez, who has held the position since 2011.

However, neither Cabler nor Mendez were able to avoid a runoff.

The District 1 runoff will include a battle between incumbent Ricardo Longoria, the longest tenured commissioner, and Nurith Galonsky, a newcomer to Brownsville politics.

The Commissioner At-Large “A” seat also ended in a runoff with another political newcomer, John Cowen, facing off against Jessica Puente-Bradshaw.

That seat was vacated by former commissioner Cesar De Leon, who resigned from the position earlier this year.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com