HARLINGEN — The local political scene is heating up.
So far, Mayor Chris Boswell has one opponent.
Miguel Angel Segura, an assistant physical therapist, has filed to run against Boswell.
“I believe God put a vision in me to help improve and restore Harlingen to make it a better place to live for our community and family,” said Segura, who works at La Hacienda nursing home.
Segura said he would work to draw new businesses to help generate revenue to fund his proposals.
“The most important goal is for the community to be safe, to prosper and to have facilities and places for our youth to develop and strive and progress,” he said. “The downtown needs to be improved, the buildings and the parks. We need to bring more programs for our youth to get out of the wrong path to the right path.”
Boswell, who is running for a fifth term, said he welcomes discussing issues aimed at building a better community.
“Every election is about ideas, issues and plans for the future,” Boswell said. “I welcome healthy discussions about the community and the future of the community.”
Earlier this week, city commissioners ordered the city election for May 4.
On the ballot, three of the commission’s six positions are up for grabs.
Boswell and City Commissioners Tudor Uhlhorn and Richard Uribe have all filed for re-election.
However, other candidates might end up on the ballot, City Secretary Amanda Elizondo said yesterday.
“Some people have picked up packets but haven’t officially filed,” she said.
Boswell, an attorney, has become the city’s longest-serving mayor in at least 40 years.
In 1998, he first won election to the commission before going on to win the mayor’s post in 2007.
Uhlhorn, a farmer and real estate investor, is running for his third term in the commission’s District 2 seat.
In District 1, Uribe, a restaurant general manager who has served on the city’s WaterWorks board, is running for his second term.
Candidates’ filing period, which opened Jan. 16, runs through Feb. 15.
Early voting will run from April 22 to 30.
Miguel Angel Segura
Cut crime through neighborhood watch programs
Implement security, technology to keep schools, churches safe
Implement health and fitness programs in schools
Implement programs to teach money management
Renovate and improve downtown
Introduce solar energy to homes and businesses
Provide homes with recycling bins
Plant botanical gardens to beautify city
Associate degree in physical therapy, Ivy Tech, Gary, Ind.
Bachelor’s degree in leadership arts, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.