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McAllen Mayoral, Commission Contests Heading To Runoffs

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We’re going to have to wait another month to know who the winners will be in the McAllen mayoral and city commission races. All of the races are going into runoffs. And in the mayor’s race, the contest will be between the two city commission candidates. Javier Villalobos was the top vote-getter with 26 percent of the vote, with Veronica Vela Whitacre finishing a close second with 24 percent. Michael Fallek finished just short of the runoff with 23 percent of the vote.

In the race for City Commission District 1, businessman Tony Aguirre was the top vote-getter, but with only 41 percent of the vote, he will go into a runoff with the second-place finisher, attorney Lucia Thompson, who ended with 34 percent.

In District 3, incumbent Omar Quintanilla finished on top with 45 percent of the vote, and he will face-off against Thelma Tamez who took 28 percent of the vote, finishing just 6 votes ahead of Mario Reyna. In the special election for District 6, Jose Cabeza de Vaca grabbed 48 percent of the vote and will go into the runoff against former McAllen school trustee Larry Esparza, who got 26 percent.

In another special election, former Hidalgo County Democratic Party chair Ric Godinez won the Place D seat on the McAllen Public Utility Board, receiving 54 percent of the vote.

The votes from Saturday’s elections will be made official at the next city commission meeting May 10th. The runoffs are set for Saturday June 5th.

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