McAllen Citizens League Hosts District 1 Candidates Tomorrow

The highly contested McAllen City Commission District One race will be front and center at the upcoming McAllen Citizen’s League. The Thursday, Dec. 14, noon luncheon will feature presentations by the three candidates running for the soon to be vacant seat.

The luncheon will take place at the Salvation Army Center at the corner of North 23rd Street and West Pecan Avenue in McAllen.

According to McAllen Citizens League President Christopher Julian, all three candidates have agreed to be present. McAllen’s District One runs from East Nolana Loop north and then west across Tenth Street to Monte Cristo Road.

The three announced candidates are Joseph M. Caporusso, Javier Villalobos and Timothy Wilkins. Caporusso is a podiatrist and former McAllen ISD Board member. He appointed Sam Lara, a Pharr resident, as his campaign treasurer. Villalobos is an attorney and former Hidalgo County Republican Party Chair. He appointed Rafael Flores, a McAllen resident, as his campaign treasurer. Timothy Wilkins is a tax property consultant and real estate broker who also owns Sofie’s SS Saloon. He appointed Raul Moreno as his campaign treasurer.

As in other political discussions, the format for the event will provide two minutes for each candidate to make an opening statement with a one-minute follow-up/rebuttal. Once all three candidates have an opportunity to make their opening statements, the group will move into a question and answer session for the remainder of the meeting time.

While the meeting is open to the public, only McAllen Citizens League members will be allowed to pose questions.

Voters in the sprawling northern most McAllen city district will be going to the voting booths early next year to replace City Commissioner Richard Cortez, who has filed to run the March Democratic Party Primary for Hidalgo County Judge. Cortez’s announcement triggered his resignation although he will occupy the seat until a replacement is selected.

The election is set for January 20, 2018. Early voting starts Wednesday, January 3, and continues through Tuesday January 16. The winner of the District One seat will serve the balance of the unexpired term until May 2021.

This will be city’s second election in less than a year. In May of this year, voters gave Mayor Jim Darling his second term. Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora beat incumbent District Two Commissioner Trey Pebley while Omar Quintanilla took the District Three Commissioner spot to replace Hilda Salinas, who chose not to run for re-election.

Polling places will be the same ones used in previous elections:

• Fireman’s Pump House at 201 N. 1st St.,

• Palm View Community Center at 3401 Jordan Avenue, and

• Lark Community Center at 2601 Lark Avenue.

Lunch will be available for $12 for League members and $15 for non-members. McAllen Citizens League membership is $10 per person per year. For more information about the luncheon or the McAllen Citizens League, visit

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