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Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2002 12:00 am

By JULIE BISBEE

The Monitor

McALLEN A bail bondsmans application to run for Hidalgo County district

clerk was invalid because the filing fee was delivered 10 minutes past the 6

p.m. deadline, officials at the Secretary of States Office said Thursday.

Fred Regalado had filed his application on time, but paid the $600 filing fee

10 minutes late, said Hidalgo County Democratic Chairman Bobby Guerra.

On Wednesday evening, Guerra asked the Secretary of States office for an

opinion on the issue. The offices lead attorney said Thursday an application

to run for an office is not complete unless the application and filing fee are

submitted simultaneously.

It was dead on arrival, said Elizabeth Hanshaw Winn, director of the

Secretary of States legal division.

Guerra said he would ask for the Secretary of States opinion in writing

before making a final decision.

Its in limbo. Im verbally being told this, but I want it in writing before

we have the ballots printed, Guerra said.

Guerra must submit the list of candidates by Jan. 14.

I dont know what other recourses Fred has, Guerra said. Im sorry, but Im

the elected county chairman and I have to follow the law.

Regalado could not be reached for comment.

Three others have filed for the district clerks seat, which will be vacated

by Pauline Gonzalez in 2003. Gonzalez will have served 20 years at the post.

Lupe Sliva Aboud, a court coordinator for 139th state District Court Judge

Leticia Hinojosa; Omar Guerrero, a businessman; and Balde Morales, a former

employee of the Hidalgo County Clerks Office, are competing for the seat.

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