County: Sanchez can only hold one public office

SAN BENITO — Less than a year after winning her city commission seat, Carol Lynn Sanchez might have to make a big decision.

While she is running for her first three-year term in the city’s May 5 election, Sanchez is also seeking election to the office of Cameron County Court-At-Law Judge No. 2 in the March 6 primary.

But she cannot hold both offices, Remi Garza, Cameron County’s elections administrator, said.

Garza also said Sanchez filed her campaign finance report last Friday. The state had set a Jan. 16 deadline for those reports.

If Sanchez wins the primary against longtime incumbent Laura Betancourt, Garza said, she would have no Republican opponent in the November general election so she would have to decide whether she will serve as judge or hold on to her city commission seat.

Meanwhile, the City Charter states city commissioners can hold no other elected office. So far Sanchez has no opponents in the city race.

Sanchez, an attorney who serves as the commission’s mayor pro-tem, believed she could hold both offices when she announced her candidacy for the judgeship in December.