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New Mayor: Mendez defeats Cabler to lead city

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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:36 pm

Trey Mendez came out ahead in Saturday night’s runoff election for Brownsville mayor, with 5,877 votes to challenger Charlie Cabler’s 4,040 votes with all precincts reporting, according to the unofficial tally.

Mendez won 59.26 percent of the vote compared to 40.74 percent for Cabler. The two candidates were forced into a runoff after the May 4 general election, in which Mendez won the majority of the vote but fell short of the 50 percent plus one vote he would have needed to declare victory outright.

Incumbent Tony Martinez came in behind Cabler and was knocked out of the race. Martinez was first elected mayor in 2011 and reelected for a second term in 2015.

Mendez, an attorney, Texas Southmost College trustee and small-business owner, campaigned as a team builder who would work with other city leaders to move the city, prioritize fiscal management, make sure expenditures of taxpayer money yields a good return on investment, and make starting a business in Brownsville easier and more efficient.

Cabler cited four decades of experience in public service and said he was the best choice to instill the fundamentals of good government and build consensus in moving Brownsville in a positive direction.

After Saturday night’s returns were in, Cabler called the campaign a “wonderful experience.”

“I have a new outlook and respect for people that run for office,” he said. “It was an interesting seven or eight months. I met a lot of good people, a lot of people that were very supportive. I really appreciate their support. I think we have wonderful people in our city.”

Cabler said he had already congratulated Mendez on the election and wished him well as mayor.

“I know he’s a very intelligent young man and he will do well,” he said. “Anything I can do to help, I’ll be around. This is my city. I never want to leave.”

Mendez, celebrating at his victory party, said he’s happy voters responded to his campaign’s message of vision and leadership and “really a better Brownsville for everybody.”

“The message resonated, the voters took to it, they wanted new leadership, but they wanted new leadership with a record, and somebody that had walked the walk,” he said. “It’s still sinking in. I know that tomorrow the work starts and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

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