Gus Ruiz to take commission seat early

Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda Jr. says he will appoint commissioner-elect Gustavo C. Ruiz to the Pct. 4 seat on Friday.

Ruiz, a local attorney, defeated opponent Chino Sanchez for the Cameron County commissioner Pct. 4 seat during the March 1 Democratic primary. Ruiz took 4,192 votes to Sanchez’s 2,049 votes.

He faced no Republican opponent in November’s general election and would have taken office on January 1, 2017 so Sepulveda is appointing Ruiz to the commission nine months early.

Ruiz replaces Dan Sanchez who is in a runoff election for county judge against former Brownsville mayor Eddie Trevino Jr.

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Harlingen native Gus Ruiz, candidate for District 35 Texas State Representative, spent his final hours campaigning Tuesday outside of Long Elementary School in Harlingen.