Candidates begin filing

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Election season is under way in Port Isabel and already several candidates have submitted packets declaring their intention to run for office.

Voters will decide on three races: mayor, and Places 1 and 2 on the City Commission.

Commissioner Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora, whose Place 1 seat is up for election, has announced that rather than run for re-election, he will instead run for mayor. “I feel that now there is a need to change the guard of this beautiful city,” Zamora said at his office in Laguna Heights recently.

Zamora cited lingering concerns about the City’s ongoing budget problems and infrastructure repair needs as his primary reasons for seeking the City’s top elected office. He has served as the Place 1 Commissioner for approximately 10 years, he said, and was first elected to a public office in 1982.

In regards to running against current Mayor Joe E. Vega, Zamora said, “Let the people decide.”

For his part, Vega was set to announce on Friday whether or not he would seek re-election during Breakfast with the Mayor, an event sponsored by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.

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