Special election could be in April
By Andrew Kreighbaum
Laredo Morning Times
City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to approve a special election for District VII, and potential candidates are already lining up for their shot at the South Laredo seat.
Those three candidates are Jorge Vera, Juan Chavez and Hector Patino. Mr. Chavez is still not certain whether he'll run for office again, Mr. Kreighbaum writes. The other two gentlemen, however, have voiced plans for the district if they were to be elected.
Jorge Vera, a member of the city planning and zoning commission, said he wants to improve the accessibility of City Council by holding town hall-style meetings in one of the district’s neighborhoods every Thursday.That's a good idea. But town hall meetings have the potential for low turnouts or the crowd can get pretty combative. Dr. Landeck held one meeting in our neighborhood and then there was nothing.
Mr. Patino also has plans for the district.
He said he would push for a combined mental health and detox center in South Laredo if elected.We'll look out for campaign signs and other activity from these candidates.
(I talked to incumbent Jose Valdez Jr. early last year; we spoke about his reasons for coming back to council [podcast])