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Incumbents face challengers…
The filing period for a place on the upcoming municipal election has ended and incumbents from Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla will face challengers.
Records filed at City Hall indicate that two candidates have placed their names on the ballot for the mayoral seat in Pearsall, former Councilor Ben Briscoe and Ramiro Trevino.
Mary Moore has held the mayoral seat for the past six years, making her ineligible to seek reelection due to term limits dictated by the Home Rule Charter.
Section 3.03 of the charter allows a person to serve three consecutive two-year terms; Moore was elected as Mayor in 2015.
Councilor Roland Segovia had filed as a candidate for election as mayor but died Wednesday, February 3.
Councilor Davina Rodriguez currently holds Place 7 and will seek reelection for that seat, where she will face challenger Aurora Garza.
Place 6, which was held by Segovia, has two candidates, JJ Rivera and Lionel Gandara. Rivera ran in the November municipal election against James Leal. Leal prevailed over Rivera and currently serves in Place 1. Gandara served on the Pearsall ISD school board from 2014 to 2020.
Abel Nieto, who was appointed to fill Place 5 following the resignation of Robert Villarreal, did not submit an application for his name to be placed on the May ballot. Tiffany Arellano Talamantes and Edward Carrizales will compete for that seat. Carrizales ran in the November election against Brenda Trevino.
In Dilley, City Hall has confirmed this week that all three incumbents will face an opponent.
Former Councilor Gilbert Villanueva Eguia is looking to unseat long-serving Mayor Mary Ann Obregon. Gilbert Ortiz has also placed his name on the ballot as a candidate for mayor.
Incumbent Joe Garcia prevailed over Eguia in the November municipal elections for Place 5.
Alexandria Inocencio currently holds Place 1 and will face Inelda Rodriguez in May; incumbent Joanne Rodriguez will face challenger Nathan Rodriguez.
Elections for both municipalities are set for Saturday, May 1.
A list of candidates for election to the council in Cotulla will be published when it becomes available. City Hall was closed this week due to limitations imposed by utility service outages during the winter storm. Repeated attempts to contact city staff for comment were unsuccessful.