Write-in hopeful enters assessor race

Brownsville resident Leo Lopez has decided to throw his hat in the ring as a write-in candidate for Cameron County tax assessor-collector.

Lopez, the former insurance administrator of the Brownsville Independent School District Insurance and Employee Benefits, said he is running for office because he wants the public to have a choice.

“Over 20,000 people did not vote for Mr. Tony Yzaguirre, and I want to give them an alternative,” Lopez said.

Lopez understands that overcoming the odds will be difficult, but he intends to run a grass-roots and social media campaign to spread the word, he said.

“It will not be an easy race,” Lopez said. “If people vote palanca, meaning straight party, Democrat or Republican, Mr. Yzaguirre will stay in office. In the last general election, at least 30,000 people voted palanca. If that happens again, change fails.”

People would need to take the time to bubble-in and write-in the name “Leo Lopez” on the ballot, he said.

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