Candidates set for Raymondville elections

RAYMONDVILLE — Around town, campaign signs are popping up as the city’s election heats up.

Earlier this week, city commissioners set the election for May 4.

Meanwhile, candidates’ filing period, which opened Jan. 16, closed yesterday.

Four years after he won the city’s highest elected position, Mayor Gilbert Gonzales, a retired salesman, faces Vanessa Tijerina, a nurse.

In the race for the City Commission’s Place1 seat, incumbent Yolanda Alexandre, a retired school secretary who first won election in 2006, faces three challengers.

The city’s most contested race pits Alexandre against Joel Garcia, a correctional officer; Erica Reyes-Rubalcaba, a businesswoman; and Olivia Cavazos, a retired teacher and former wife of former longtime Commissioner Zeke Cavazos, who died in 2017.

Place 2 Commissioner Chris Tamez, a VTX1 customer service representative who won election in 2015, is running unopposed.

Meanwhile, Municipal Court Judge Felicita Gutierrez, a retired AEP Texas employee, faces Elizabeth Nicole Constante, a business service representative; and Johnnie Falcon, a former security guard.

Early voting will run from April 22 to 30.