Visiting the Rumor Mill on Candidates for Local Public Offices
Municipal Judge Ben Neece
While respecting a local blog that professes to be "document-driven," we do not ignore rumors, especially those with respect to running for office. A rumor could be generated by someone simply flying a trial balloon to see if support exists for their candidacy.
Other times, a prospective candidate will profess interest in a certain office, but never actually file for that office. Seemingly, this was the case with Jessica Puente-Bradshaw, who attended the meeting in June at the Brownsville Public Library for write-in tax assessor candidates as a prospective candidate, but did not file the paperwork to run for that office. Randy Gonzales and Leo Lopez did file for that office, but only Gonzales has been an active campaigner thus far.
William A. Garza
This past June we reported that Municipal Judge Ben Neece, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the year, will challenge John Villarreal for City Commissioner in District 4 in 2017. We've since learned that former City Commissioner William A. Garza will soon announce his candidacy for City Commission District 3, a position currently occupied by Debbie Portillo.
Looking ahead to 2019, both City Commnisioners Jessica Tetreau and Cesar de Leon, have been mentioned as possible candidates for mayor. Attorney Trey Mendez, considered a possible mayoral candidate the last time around, may actually run in 2019. Any other rumors out there? Anyone want to remove their name from the rumor mill? If needed, we will print an addendum below.