Boswell seeking re-election

HARLINGEN — Mayor Chris Boswell will seek another term for the top elected post in the city.

Boswell, who is a 30-year resident of Harlingen born and raised in the Valley, has served as mayor since 2007. Prior to that, he served on numerous boards and committees and served three terms on the Harlingen City Commission.

The attorney is proud of the recent accomplishments of the city, which he cited as the creation of nearly 3,500 new jobs, the reduction in the city’s unemployment rate from 11 percent to 5.5 percent and the expansion of the retail and restaurant sector.

He cites the establishment of facilities such as Bass Pro Shops and Sam’s and nearly $200 million in new capital investment of businesses and expansion.

Public safety also has been a key component to what Boswell calls successes.

Boswell said his record on public safety shows a 5-year trend in the crime rate dropping violent and property crimes by half.

“Public safety has been a number one issue for me and I know how important that is to our community,” he said. “I’ve also made it a priority to target run-down buildings and structures which have been havens for gang activity, drugs and graffiti.”

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