Candidates sworn in

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

It was standing room only inside the Port Isabel Commission chambers Tuesday as family, friends and local residents crowded in to witness the swearing in of a new mayor and two new city commissioners.

Speaking shortly after the start of the meeting, City attorney Gilberto Hinojosa spoke to mayor-elect Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora about the reasons for serving in public office. “The role is to do the good of the City for the citizens of the City,” he said. “You hold this job that you have been given by the citizens as a trustee for them. You are doing it for them, not for you,” he said.

Hinojosa then addressed the crowd, saying he hoped the moment would serve as a reminder in the future of what motivates those in office.

Zamora expressed his thanks to Hinojosa and Port Isabel residents before becoming briefly overcome with emotion. “I’m here for all of you; thank you very much,” Zamora said. “I’ll do my best to serve everybody,” he said.

Hinojosa then administered the oath of office to Zamora after which the chamber erupted in applause and words of congratulations.

Port Isabel Municipal Court Judge Helen Delgadillo then conducted the oaths for first time City Commissioners Martin Cantu, Jr., and Carmen Rios.

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