HARLINGEN — Voters have choices in contested city commission races in Harlingen and San Benito.
In Harlingen, businessman Richard Garza will challenge two-term incumbent Michael Mezmar, a financial analyst, for the commission’s Place 3 seat in the May 5 election.
In the race for Place 4, former Commissioner Basilio “Chino” Sanchez, a retired newspaper production technician, will face one-term incumbent Ruben de la Rosa, an instructor at Texas Southmost College.
Meanwhile, Jim Young, an attorney who serves on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, will face two-term incumbent Victor Leal, who runs a computer sales and service business.
In San Benito, Ricardo Guerra, a Harlingen firefighter, will face one-term incumbent Esteban Rodriguez, owner of a freight company, for the city’s Place 3 seat.
In the race for Place 4, retired businessman Mike Frazier will face incumbent Carol Lynn Sanchez, an attorney who won her seat last year in a special election to fulfill longtime Commissioner Joe D. Gonzalez’s term.
Early voting runs from April 23 to May 1.
Michael Mezmar, incumbent
Ruben de la Rosa, incumbent
Basilio “Chino” Sanchez
Victor Leal, incumbent
Esteban Rodriguez, incumbent
Carol Lynn Sanchez, incumbent