The primary runoff elections are coming to a close tomorrow — and afterward Cameron County will have new leadership.

As voters cast ballots for their choice of the next Cameron County judge, several local politicians have chosen sides, backing either former Brownsville mayor Eddie Treviño or former county commissioner Precinct 4 Dan Sanchez.

Voters will determine tomorrow which of the two could be the next Cameron County judge. There is no Republican challenger for the position.

The list of Sanchez supporters includes District 1 Brownsville City Commissioner Ricardo Longoria Jr., Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell, South Padre Island Mayor Barry Patel and Port Isabel Mayor Juan Jose Zamora.

Treviño has received public endorsements from Brownsville City Commissioners Cesar De Leon and Jessica Tetraeu, County Commissioner Pct. 2 Alex Dominguez and former county commissioner Pct. 4 Edna Tamayo.

Endorsements do not make or break a race for whichever candidate has more, said Anthony Knopp, professor emeritus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“That’s always the mystery. If we could quantify (elections), then we’d know exactly what to do when you go into a political campaign,” Knopp said.

Sanchez has previously said there is a lot of potential funding the county can tap into if the Rio Grande Valley comes together to form a regional metropolitan planning organization.

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