Edinburg mayor Richard Molina announces reelection bid amid election fraud case

2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, July 01 2021 Jul 1, 2021 July 01, 2021 10:36 AM July 01, 2021 in News - Local
By: Allysa Cole

Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina announced Thursday he is seeking reelection for Edinburg’s top seat on the city council.

Molina was first elected in November 2017 after serving as a city council member.

In a letter addressed to residents, Molina noted the growth of the city since his administration started and the city’s response to deliver assistance to residents during the pandemic.

“This is my home. I didn’t run for office to become a politician. I ran for office to serve the city I love,” Molina stated in the news release.

The news release made no comment on the ongoing investigation into an election fraud case against him stemming from the November 2017 Edinburg mayoral election.

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In 2019, Molina and his wife –Dalia Molina - turned themselves in to investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety and were charged for their alleged involvement in engaging in organized election fraud.

They pleaded not guilty to charges. 

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez weighed in on the case. 

"Under the city charter in Edinburg, it allows an individual who's been arrested, charged and indicted—in this case a felony—the charter allows that person to be able to hold a seat," Rodriguez said. 

In an interview with CHANNEL 5 NEWS, Molina did not go into detail about his legal case, but did say that voters had the chance to recall him in 2019 after his arrest.

"We gave the citizens the opportunity to do a recall on all the elected officials," Molina said. "In the end, they weren't able to collect enough signatures to have another election."

Nearly two dozen people were arrested and charged in connection with the case.

The trial was set to begin June 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Records show a new date has not been set.

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