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Early voting locations open today

April 27, 2019 GMT

Early voting in the city’s municipal election continues today with six locations open throughout the city.

Early voting hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cameron County Courthouse, Brownville Public Library, Southmost Public Library, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus, New Horizon Medical Center and Good Shepherd Community Church.

There are several seats up for grab in the Brownsville City election including that of mayor, District 1 and 2 commissioners and commissioner at-large A.

Mayoral candidates include incumbent Tony Martinez who is being challenged by former city manager Charlie Cabler and attorney Juan “Trey” Mendez III.

Running for Commissioner At-Large “A” are Jessica Puente Bradshaw, John Cowen, Carlos Guerrero and Ismael Hinojosa. Vying for Commissioner District 1 seat against incumbent Ricardo Longoria Jr.,are Nurith Galonsky, William Garza and Michael Rodriguez. Running against incumbent Jessica Tetreau for Commissioner District 2 are Patricio Ahumada and Catalina Presas-Garcia.

Remi Garza, administrator for the Elections and Voter Registration Department, said officials decided to open early voting locations on Saturday because many voters took advantage of voting on Saturday’s during the last election.

“We saw a nice increase in Saturday participation during November and we thought if we can transfer that over to May elections we will get better participation,” Garza said.

Garza said although residents are turning out to vote, the numbers should be higher since there are 91,000 registered voters eligible to vote in the municipal election. As of Thursday, 3,780 votes had been cast.

“There is still a good 87- 86,000 people who have yet to take advantage of having their voices heard in the local races, Garza said.

Officials urge voters to take advantage of early voting because they can vote at any early voting location. If they plan on voting on Election Day they will have to go to their designated precinct, Garza said.

“This isn’t like November where there’s a polling place in each one of the precincts there is some consolidations, and so their polling location is not going to be where it was in November,” Garza said.

Garza said voters can go to cameronvotes.com to find their right voting location of call (956) 544-0809.

The Elections Department is also utilizing Facebook and Twitter to take a proactive approach in getting the information out to voters.

“If they (social media users) can help us by passing that information on to their friends that would help us in the long run,” Garza said.

lmartinez@brownsvilleherald.com