Harlingen candidates set for May election

HARLINGEN — Now we know the contenders in the May 7 races for mayor, city commissioner and school board trustee.

Mayor Chris Boswell is facing some familiar challengers in his bid for re-election.

The election pits Boswell against Kenneth Benton and Joe Rubio Jr. — both former mayoral contenders defeated by Boswell — and Jerry Prepejchal Jr., a former Harlingen city commissioner.

Boswell was a three-term city commissioner when he defeated Benton, a consultant, in the race for mayor in 2007.

Three years later, Boswell easily won re-election in a three-way race with challengers Rubio, a retired police lieutenant and private investigator, and George Merrill, a pastor.

Prepejchal, who is retired, is a former city commissioner who lost his bid for re-election in 2012 against Basilio “Chino” Sanchez.

Yesterday was the last day to file for candidacy in the city elections.

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