City approves candidates for unopposed races

LA FERIA — Voters in this city going to the polls in May won’t have many options to pick from.

The city commission has approved the election for three positions. All the candidates were running unopposed for mayor and commissioner for seats two and three.

The upcoming ballot will have the names of the three candidates, but voters will not be able to vote for them as the commission approved the election of Olga Maldonado for mayor, city commissioners Victor Gonzalez and Eric Hoff on Tuesday.

Mayor-elect Olga Maldonado will take over as mayor in May after the official canvassing of the votes takes place following the May 7 election.

Maldonado had stepped down from her city commission seat three to run for mayor in the upcoming city election.

Maldonado drew no candidates to rival her bid for mayor.

Mayor Victor Gonzalez, the incumbent, decided not to seek re-election.

At the regular meeting in February the commission voted to have a special election to fill the unexpired one-year term Maldonado left vacant.

Gonzalez became the only candidate to file for candidacy to finish Maldonado’s unexpired term.

Gonzalez will take the oath of city commissioner place three after the official canvassing of the election.

City Manager Sunny Philip announced to the commission filing time to announce candidacy for place three had passed.

Long-time city politician John Hernandez did not seek re-election for seat two.

Political newcomer and local business owner Eric Hoff was the only candidate who filed for Hernandez’s seat.

There will be one contested race. Political newcomers Jesse Zuniga and Don Lee are the two candidates running for city commissioner one in the May 7 election.

Incumbent John Bentancourt did not file to seek re-election.