McALLEN — Two days earlier than the submitting deadline, a retired Southwest McAllen man submitted paperwork to run for the District four Fee seat being vacated by longtime Commissioner Aida Ramirez.
Joe Anthony Califa, 60, will compete towards 30-year-old lawyer Tania Ramirez and Mario de León, a 41-year-old options marketing consultant for Apple. Califa’s solely listed “retired” as his occupation on the documentation he filed with town secretary’s workplace on Wednesday. Califa, who has lived in District four for 20 years and in Texas for 38, didn’t return cellphone calls looking for remark Wednesday.
The three-candidate subject now matches the three candidates working for the District 5 seat. The incumbent commissioner in that race, John Ingram, has been on the fee since 2005, and he’s going through challenges from Victor “Seby” Haddad, a banker and enterprise proprietor, and Mark R. Murray, a South Texas Faculty professor.
The third and last metropolis fee race on the Might four poll is for Commissioner Veronica Whitacre’s District 6 seat. Whitacre has not obtained an opponent, and Friday is the ultimate day for candidates to file.
The District four seat has not modified palms for a lot of the 21st Century. Ramirez, the primary Hispanic feminine metropolis commissioner in McAllen, gained the District four seat in a particular election in 2001.
“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I make this announcement,” Ramirez stated in a ready assertion to The Monitor final month, thanking the residents of her district for permitting her to symbolize them.
On Tuesday, on the annual State of the Metropolis handle, Mayor Jim Darling thanked Ramirez for her years of labor and friendship.