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Its down to the final few Election: 10 vie for four places on Brownsville City Commission.

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2001 12:00 am

By DANIEL BORUNDA

The Brownsville Herald

The 10-person race for four seats on the Brownsville City Commission became

official Wednesday evening.

Eleven people filed petitions by the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday to sign up

for the May 5 municipal election, though one petition may be invalid.

Commission seats 1, 3, 5 and 6 are up for voter approval.

At about 4:20 p.m., Fred Martinez became the final candidate to file the

42-signature petition and application necessary to be on the ballot.

Its time to get the ball rolling, said Martinez, a bail bond agent running

for the Place 5 seat against auto dealer Jim Tipton and agricultural

consultant Ernesto De Leon. Martinez said he filed Wednesday because of

funding issues.

Eliseo Eli Alcantar turned in a signature petition on loose-leaf notebook

paper (instead of the standard form used by other candidates) at 11:50 a.m.

Wednesday. But some of the names lacked signatures, dates and other

information. He also didnt turn in a ballot application, said the city

secretary, who is in charge of election procedures.

I do believe it (the petition) lacks some requirements, said City Secretary

Sarah Reed, who added she would seek legal advice to determine if Alcantar

will be on the ballot.

The Lord works in mysterious ways, said Alcantar, who added he wasnt upset

and saw his first-time attempt at office as a learning experience. I made a

mistake on some forms. So, they didnt accept me. Bueno, pues ni modo (oh,

well).

Tiptons petition initially also had a few errors, such as missing dates, but

they were fixed in time.

Diego Garcia III and Gerald F. Jerry McHale Jr. filed campaign treasurer

reports but did not apply to be on the ballot.

The location of a candidates name on the ballot will be done by a drawing at

10 a.m. Friday.

Some candidates spent Wednesday posting campaign signs, such as retired

construction company president Alice Wilson who with Luigi Cristiano and

Robert Uresti are the three candidates for Place 6, which is a new seat along

with Place 5.

Im stuck in my office, joked Cristiano, who at 30 years old is the youngest

candidate in the race. Its tough. Thats why not so many young people

actually run because so many people are working.

But Cristiano, a businessman whose signs already dot the city, added his

campaign was going excellent. Wilson said her campaign was also doing well.

Im happy (with the campaign), said Uresti, a Lopez High School teacher

running for the first time. Its a good experience for me and Ill use it in

my class when I teach government. Ill tell them about the time I ran for the

City Commission.

The election also features a pair of two-way races ex-mayor Henry Gonzalez

versus incumbent Harry McNair for Place 3 and realtor Marlys Cortinas against

Dr. Joseph A. Zavaletta for Place 1.

Place 1 incumbent Bud Richards announced Tuesday he would not seek

re-election.

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