State Primary Season Getting Ready To Kick Into Gear

BROWNSVILLE–The one-week open filing period for Repbulicans and Democrats in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the congressional seat in the Coastal Bend only saw some minor changes and the now the table is set for the State Primary on May 29th.

Cameron County Republic Chair Frank Morris reported no new candidates filed during the open period. ON the Democratic side, one candidate withdrew, an office was eliminated due to a budget cut removing two candidates from the fray and two new candidates filed for the Congressional seat anchored in Brownsville.

In Nueces County, one Democrat who expected to be running in the Valley Congressional race was forced to file in the District 27 race when the map took Western Nueces County out of District 34 race.

Here is a look at some of the contested races:

U.S. Congress District 34:

On the Democratic side, there are eight candidates. Late filers included Filemon Vela, an attorney who is the son of the late U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela and Juan Angel Guerra of Willacy County. The two joined six others who had already announced and were running: Salomon Torres, Armando Villalobos, Ramiro Garza, Anthony Troiani, Denise Saenz Blanchard and Elmo Aycock.,

 For the Republicans, the race remained the same with no changes. Jessica Puente Bradshaw, Adela Garza and Paul Haring will be vying for the nomination.

U.S. Congress District 27

Republican Blake Farenthold, the incumbent in this newly drawn district, will have three opponents in John Grunwold, Don Al Middlebrook and Trey Roberts.

For the Democrats, Rose Meza Harrison originally filed for District 27 race, but that changed as parts of Nueces County were taken from that district and put into District 34. Jerry Trevino and Murphy Junaid from Nueces County and Ronnie McDonald of Bastrop are also in the race.

State Representative District 43

The Republican nomination has become a three horse race after J.M Lozano, the Democrat from Kingsville, switched parties. He has two opponents in Willie Vaden, former Ingelside Mayor, and Paul T. Wilson. .

Cameron County District Attorney’s Race

Three Democrats are vying to replace Armando Villalobos who is leaving office to run Congress. It’s Maria Urbina de Ford, a prosecutor for the DA’s office, Carlos Masso, a defense attorney and Luis Saenz, a former Cameron County District Attorney. Two Republicans are in the running for the nomination. Chuck Mattingly, the First Assistant of the Cameron County DA’s Office, and Gustavo Garza, a defense attorney. 

NOTES: Cameron County Democratic leaders report Raymond Shears withdrew from the race from the Constable race for Precinct 2 and the county eliminated the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 Place 1 post. Julian Sanchez, the incumbent, had decided not to seek re-election. His opponent Lupe Ayala was also mpacted by this decision. Republicans and Democrats from Cameron County will holding a drawing for the Primary Ballots on Monday night. There also will be a Cameron County Republican Candidates Forum on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm at VICC in Brownsville.


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