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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2001 12:00 am

By SEAN MARCINIAK

and LEONARDO ANDRADE

The Monitor

REYNOSA The state Congress elected a substitute mayor for this rapidly

growing city of about 1 million, making its decision less than 24 hours after

the former mayor resigned.

State Rep. Ernesto Cant Resndez became Reynosas temporary mayor late

Wednesday after former Mayor Humberto Valdez Richaud resigned earlier in the

day. Valdez announced Tuesday that he planned to leave his position as mayor

to make a bid for the state legislature.

Cant recently lost the opportunity to run in the next mayoral election on

Oct. 7. He lost the PRI nomination in June elections to a doctor, Serapio

Cant Barragn.

In past days, I was looking for the nomination of the party, Cant said. It

was my goal, but now that I have this position, I am content.

The acting mayor said he would focus on finishing construction projects and

setting up talks with representatives from the national railroad agency about

acquiring infrastructure.

Many McAllen residents like the mayors priorities.

I think the real critical factor for Reynosa is that elected officials make a

commitment to infrastructure, said Steve Ahlenius, president of the McAllen

Chamber of Commerce.

Infrastructure would permit the city to grow without problems, Ahlenius said,

and added that McAllen benefits when Reynosa grows peaceably because their

economies are interwoven.

But the rumblings on the other side of the river were not so positive.

Members of the National Action Party, known by the Spanish acronym PAN, said

they doubted the integrity of Cants election and charged that another

politician should have been mayor.

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