Four vying for Place 4 in Mercedes City Commission

A woman who regularly attends and livestreams Mercedes City Commission meetings last week filed to run for a seat held by a four-term incumbent.

Velda Garcia, 48, submitted paperwork to run for the Place 4 seat on Feb. 15, the last day to file for office.

Garcia, a truck driver who at times stops by city hall to submit public information requests, most recently launched an unsuccessful bid for the Mercedes CISD Board of Trustees.

She faces Commissioner Ruben “Chano” Guajardo and two other challengers — Lucy Delgado, a political newcomer, and former two-term commissioner Jose Gomez.

Guajardo’s three challengers are among an active group of community members who attend city meetings and often inquire about city spending and ongoing projects.

In 2018, Delgado, who works for an undisclosed company contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, inquired with the city about its incomplete amphitheater. She plans on improving the city’s transparency, if elected.

Gomez, like Delgado, is campaigning on the issue of transparency, which he believes commissioners currently lack.

He said he will be “more of a people’s representative” than the incumbent.

Guajardo desires to grow the city by attracting subdivisions through an incentive program offered through the city and its economic development arm.

“This will help the growth of the community, which in turn allows us to get the big box retail (stores),” he said.

The four candidates must garner more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright on Election Day, May 4.