By Davis Rankin
The McAllen City Commission made it official. Saturday, March 3 is the date called Monday by McAllen city commissioners for the runoff election to pick a new commissioners for commission District 1. Commissioners met for a few minutes Monday afternoon to canvass the vote from the January 20 election and to set a date to pick the ultimate winner.
While the commission had discussed the run-off at last week’s meeting, they were not able to officially set the run-off date until they had canvassed the votes. With that out of the way, they went ahead and set the date for March 3 as they had previously discussed.
Three candidates ran for the seat made vacant when Commissioner Richard Cortez announced that he is running for the Democratic Party nomination for Hidalgo County Judge.
Three candidates filed for the seat: Javier Villalobos, Tim Wilkins and Dr. Joe Caporusso. Out of the 1,358 votes cast during the first round, Wilkins got 473 votes, or 35%; Villalobos garnered 505 votes, or 37%; and Caporusso ran third with 375 votes or 28%.
Commissioners set the early voting period from Feb. 14 through 27, with Saturday, March 3 as election day. As in the first election, there will be only one polling location, at Gonzalez Elementary, located at 201 Martin Ave.