Lucio garners Democratic nomination for sheriff

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio headed for victory last night in the race for the Democratic nomination for sheriff, while John Chambers and Victor Cortez appeared headed for a runoff in the Republican primary.

With 89 of 102 precincts reporting, Lucio led challenger Gregorio Puente III with 19,700 votes to Puente’s 7,732.

Noting that he will have an opponent in November, Lucio said he was “extremely pleased” with Tuesday’s result.

“The public has responded that they want us to continue doing the job we have been doing,” he said, adding that his goals now are build up the department and work with county commissioners to get raises for his deputies to reduce attrition to other law enforcement agencies.

With 46 of 102 precincts reporting in the Republican race, Chambers, 46, the former Indian Lake police chief had 1,371 votes for 30.83 percent of the total.

Cortez, 63, a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor, U.S. Army veteran and former Brownsville police officer, had 1,769 votes and 26.45 percent of the total.

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