Driving around McAllen, Pharr and Mission people can see the election advertisements all over these cities informing them to do one thing, vote.

Early voting by personal appearance begins Monday, April 26, and continues through May 4.


The city of McAllen has a Bond Election scheduled for Saturday, May 8. The ballot has two Propositions: Prop. 1 will ask voters whether they would like to increase the tax rate by 3.5 cents equivalent to $35 a year on a $100,000 home. Prop. 2 will ask voters whether they would like to authorize the sale of Westside Park and if approved, Westside Park would not be sold until park improvements are completed.

Early voting will be held at Old City Hall, 311 N. 15th Street; Palm View Community Center, 3401 N. Jordan Road; and Lark Community Center, 2601 Lark Ave. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26-April 30; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 1 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 3 and 4.

For more information about the Bond Election in McAllen visit http://www.mcallen.net/bond/election.aspx.


For mayor of the city of Mission Blademar Flores and Armando O’cana, Sr. look to take the reigns from incumbent Norberto “Beto” Salinas. For the city council Places 1 and 3 are up for the vote. Jessica Ortega-Ochoa and Edwardo Gutierrez will face incumbent Maria Elena Ramirez for Place 1. In Place 3 the incumbent Norie Gonzalez Garza is running unopposed.

The city of Mission only has one proposition on the ballot.

The proposition reads, “Adoption of the state law applicable to fire fighters that establishes collective bargaining if a majority of the affected employees favor representation by an employees association, preserves the prohibition against strikes and lockouts, and provides penalties for strikes and lockouts.”

The election is scheduled for Saturday, May 8.


The city of Pharr has two people running against long time incumbent Leo Polo Palacios, Jr. Ricardo Rosales Sr. and Eliazar Guajardo are going to be two of the four names on the ballot. Lupe Chavez was the final person on the ballot but he has dropped out of the race. His name will remain on the ballot though because he didn’t drop out in time.

City Council Places 1, 5 and 6 are up for election in the city of Pharr with a total of 11 people running for the respective spots. Jorge Barrera Garcia, Felicitas Arredondo and Paco Aleman each are going to try to take incumbent Arturo Cortez, who is running for re-election, Place 1 from him. Place 5 Incumbent Frances Quintinilla will have Aquiles Jimmy Garza and Aaron Santa Maria facing off against her. For Place 6 Maribel Trevino will face off against incumbent Adan Farrias.

South Texas


South Texas College’s Board of Trustees has District 3 and District 4 up election. For District 3 incumbent Mike Allen will face off against Gerardo Cruz Jr. For District 4 incumbent Gary Gurwitz will face of against Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez and Roy Martinez.

For more information on what precincts are voting visit www.southtexascollege.edu/board/.