Valley Interfaith sets session for local candidates

BROWNSVILLE — Valley Interfaith will hold an accountability session with the candidates running for the Texas South College Board of Trustees, Port of Brownsville Navigation District and Cameron County judge and Precinct 1 county commissioner.

The session begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary Mother of the Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road.

All candidates have been invited.

As of Friday, Valley Interfaith was waiting for confirmations from John Reed, a BND candidate, and Sofia Benavides, a County precinct 1 candidate.

Candidates that will not be in attendance include Trey Mendez, a TSC candidate, and Ed Rivera, a BND candidate.

Candidates that will attend are Daniel Pizana, Antonio Juarez, Evelyn Cantu, Antonio Zavaleta, Ruben Herrera and JJ De Leon, all TSC candidates; Raul Villanueva, Patrick Anderson, Ralph Cowen, Sergio Tito Lopez, all BND candidates; Dan Sanchez and Eddie Trevino, county judge candidates; and Beatriz Rosenbaum, County precinct 1 candidate.

Officials want to bring the local elections to the forefront as they are being overshadowed by the national election, Valley Interfaith stated in a press release.

“Lots of people are talking about the importance of state and national elections,” stated Agustina Ramirez of St. Eugene Catholic Church. “And we lose sight of the importance of getting involved in the local ones. That is why Valley Interfaith (is) organizing around our Texas Southmost College, Cameron County and Port of Brownsville elections.”

Valley Interfaith is a non-profit, institutionally based community organization with 25 member institutions from across the Rio Grande Valley. The purpose of Valley Interfaith is the development of leaders who work with their communities to identify and address issues affecting their well-being.

Valley Interfaith is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties. Valley Interfaith leaders initiate public conversations and encourage the active participation necessary to exercise our birthright as citizens in a democratic society.