Prompted by candidate’s posthumous win, early voting in Palmhurst mayoral race begins Monday

Early voting for the city of Palmhurst special election will begin Monday.

The special election was called after Mayor Ramiro J. Rodriguez Jr., who died abruptly on April 6, was declared the winner of the May 7 mayoral race in Palmhurst.

Rodriguez had served as mayor for the city of Palmhurst since 1999.

The deceased Rodriguez earned 330 votes, or 58.2% of the total votes, toward his posthumous reelection. Rodriguez’s challenger, Israel Silva, earned 237 votes, or 41.8% of the total votes.

Silva is one of four candidates on the ballot for the Aug. 10 special election. Also filing for the open mayoral spot are Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Montalvo, Ricka Tijerina, and Fred del Barrio.

Early voting is set to run from Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polls will be open Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polls will be closed on Sunday, July 31.

The last day to apply for a ballot by mail will be Friday, July 29.

Election day is set for Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters will be able to cast their ballots for both early voting and election day at the LRC Library inside Rafael A. Cantu Junior High School, located at 5101 N. Stewart Road in Mission.