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Early voting underway: Hear from Brownsville Commissioner District 3 candidates

3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago Tuesday, April 20 2021 Apr 20, 2021 April 20, 2021 8:55 PM April 20, 2021 in Election Coverage

While election officials in Cameron County said there's a dramatic drop in people early voting, compared to last November, some candidates took the time to get their message to voters.

Cameron County Elections Administrator Remi Garza said only about 250 people voted on Monday.

District 3 Commissioner candidates hoping to represent the district covering the most ground in Brownsville embraced the slow turnout and encouraged people to vote.

Candidate Jessica Puente said day-to-day life for residents is her concern. Puente said she wants to be the voice that "represents the average voter."

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As a member of several city boards and with a background in business, candidate Roy De Los Santos said he aims to make Brownsville more business-friendly.

“Brownsville is the hardest city to work with in South Texas, when it comes to permitting,” De Los Santos said. “I’ve experienced it first-hand as a part of the Mitte Foundation.”

While economic development is a priority for candidate Carlos Elizondo, he said he strives to hold businesses accountable for past deals with the city.

“The people who PUB services, to get back the money that was taken from them for nothing,” Elizondo said. “That would be, probably, the best thing I could do.”

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