Pharr mayor facing two challengers in city’s May election

The list of candidates for the city of Pharr’s general municipal election is locked in.

Since announcing his bid for reelection during the Jan. 19 annual State of the City address, Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez has gained two challengers seeking his mayoral seat.

Ricardo “Rick” Predraza filed for his spot on the mayoral ballot on Feb. 10, the same day that Hernandez filed his paperwork. Throwing his hat into the ring is former Pharr Chief of Police and City Manager Andy Harvey, who submitted his paperwork for the mayoral race on Feb. 17.

Place 1 City Commissioner Eleazar Guajardo is seeking to retain his seat on the city commission, but two other candidates stand in his way.

Edgar Rincon and Michael Pacheco have both filed for candidacy in the Place 1 City Commissioner race.

Incumbents Ricardo Medina and Itza Flores have both filed for reelection for their Place 5 and Place 6 seats, respectively. As of the Feb. 17 deadline to file for the general election ballot, they will be running unopposed.

Early voting is scheduled to begin on ​​Monday, April 24, and run through Tuesday, May 2.

The last day to register to vote is on ​​Thursday, April 6, and the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is on Tuesday, April 25. The application must be received, not postmarked, on that day.

Election Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 6.