Palmhurst to decide new mayor Wednesday

Ramiro J. Rodriguez Jr.

The city of Palmhurst will have a new mayor come Wednesday evening, when polls close in the city’s special election.

The special election was called after Palmhurst residents reelected the deceased Mayor Ramiro J. Rodriguez Jr. during the May 7 mayoral race. Rodriguez, who died abruptly on April 6, defeated challenger Israel Silva.

Rodriguez earned 330 votes, or 58.2% of the total votes, toward his posthumous reelection, while Silva earned 237 votes, or 41.8% of the total votes.

Silva is one of four candidates on the ballot for Wednesday’s special election, along with Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Montalvo, Ricka Tijerina, and Fred del Barrio.

Early voting was held from Monday, July 25, through Friday, Aug. 5.

The first week of early voting, July 25 through July 30, saw a total of 265 ballots cast, including 260 in-person ballots and five mail-in ballots. The second week of early voting, Aug. 1 through Aug. 5, saw a total of 210 ballots cast, none of which were mail-in ballots.

In total, there were 475 early votes cast.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Palmhurst residents will be able to cast their votes at the LRC Library inside Rafael A. Cantu Junior High School, located at 5101 N. Stewart Road in Mission.