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City councilors in three places at the table in Cotulla will go into the May 1 election with contenders vying for their seats.
The deadline for applications to place names on the ballot in the May election passed Friday, Feb. 12. A winter storm that forced a complete shutdown of local government offices delayed the announcement of which candidates had filed for election.
Each of the places on the ballot is for a three-year term in office. There are no limits on the number of consecutive terms an elected official may serve on the Cotulla City Council.
At Place 3 on the council table, long-term incumbent Juan Garcia is being challenged by candidate Ben Valenzuela this year. Garcia has held the seat for more than a decade.
Place 4 incumbent Councilor Luis Allala is completing his first term in office this year and is being challenged in his re-election bid by Alejandro Garcia Jr. Allala has held his seat since 2019, when he defeated Councilor Mary Koraleski in the election.
Councilor Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez is likewise completing his first term in office this year at Place 5, and is being challenged in his bid for re-election by former Councilor Estanislado “Tanis” Lopez and by Manuel “Quate” Rodriguez. Gonzalez has also held office since 2019, when he defeated Councilor Trish Garcia in her bid for re-election.
City Hall will draw ballot positions for the candidates this week.