Early voting begins Monday

Several Mid-Valley communities are set to begin early voting Monday, as voters decide on municipal, school board, charter amendment and bond elections.

Early voting begins Monday across the county and ends Tuesday, April 30. Election Day is Saturday, May 4.

Weslaco

In Weslaco, voters will decide on a $10 million bond proposal to fund improvements to the city’s drainage system.

After severe flooding damaged much of the city last June, city leaders borrowed nearly $4 million to begin making repairs, Weslaco City Manager Mike Perez said Monday.

The city has also applied for a $4.5 million grant from the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) and an additional $10 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). It might take until 2022 before the city sees any USACE funding. City leaders hope to hear within the next six months if they will receive TDEM funds, Perez said.

Donna

Donna residents will have three amendments to the city charter to consider this May.

The first two proposed amendment changes — Proposition A and Proposition B — involve lengthening the terms of city council members and the municipal judge from three years to four years.

According to a sample ballot found on the Hidalgo County elections department website, the third proposed change, Proposition C, involves “The removal from the city of Donna charter of unconstitutional provisions and provisions superceded (sic) by statute.”

The city’s charter has not been changed since 1994. However, when asked which specific portions are now constitutionally out-of-date or superseded by state statute and would thus be removed with the passage of Proposition C, a spokesperson for the city could not answer.

Mercedes

In Mercedes, voters will choose their representatives for Place 2 and Place 4 on the city commission.

Vying for Place 2 are Joe Martinez Jr., Ramon Garcia Mejia, Michelle Reyna and Leonel Benavidez.

At Place 4, incumbent Rubén “Chano” Guajardo faces challengers Velda Garcia, Lucy Delgado and Jose M. Gomez.

La Villa

La Villa is also holding municipal elections for three seats on the board of aldermen.

Running for Place 1 are Manuel M. Hinojosa and Ricardo Garza. For Place 2 are Jesus “Jesse” Rodriguez Jr. and Joe Contreras. Seeking a seat at Place 3 are Lupe Rangel Jr. and Mario Lopez.