"We're just tired of these appointments being made time and again without voter input," Hasse stated.
As Hasse has repeatedly explained, IF indicted incumbent Tony Yzaguirre gets the most votes, then is convicted, the Cameron County Commissioner's Court selects a replacement.
"Then, you appoint someone for two years and they now become the incumbent in the next election with at least a 10% advantage."
In other words, the cronyism keeps perpetuating itself.
|Candidates Leo Lopez, Jessica Puente-Bradshaw|
Possibly, throwing a monkey wrench into the plan, Erasmo Castro of the Brownsville Cheezmeh Facebook page was a no show. A quipster remarked that Erasmo was "the elephant not in the room." Castro may feel his popularity on Facebook affords him the opportunity to go it alone. He certainly has the right.
|Group Meets in Side Room at Brownsville Public Library|
Hasse asked the candidates two questions: "Why are you the most qualified candidate?"
|Write-in Candidate Randy Gonzalez|
Jessica Puente-Bradshaw, for example, has the distinct advantage of being an Hispanic woman, proven time and again to be an asset in local elections.
She has name recognition, with at least a couple county wide races behind her and a run for Congress.
Leo Lopez has administrator experience at BISD, the Health Department as well as involvement in numerous non-profits.
Randy Gonzalez can point to his 9-1/2 years in the military, his management of a local nursing home and relative youth.