McAllen Voters Give Incumbent Mayor 2nd Term
MCALLEN – Voters tapped incumbent McAllen Mayor Jim Darling to stay in office for another four years.
Darling received 4,265 votes while opponent Othal Brand Jr. pulled in 2,891.
The third candidate, Jonathan Carranza, received 241 votes.
Darling has served the city of McAllen in some capacity for almost 40 years. He became city commissioner, city attorney and has been mayor since 2013.
Darling said his biggest plan for this upcoming term includes improvements to the international bridge, relations with Mexico and development projects.
He said he expects McAllen to grow a lot in his next four years in office.
“The university, the medical school, the research center, I think all those are game changers. STC’s growth and what they’re doing. So, I think it’s a great time to be a part of McAllen and the Valley and so I’m glad to be a part of it and to build it,” he said.
McAllen mayoral candidate Othal Brand Jr., who lost to Darling, said he’s considering serving as the board president for the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District.
Brand said he has hope some of the changes he pushed for in his campaign will still come about due to changes in the city commission.
He said his campaign spent thousands of dollars on ads promoting transparency and accountability.
Brand’s father served as mayor for the city of McAllen for several years. We asked him if he plans to run for mayor again or another elected position.
“We’re not calling it quits by any means. There are certainly other avenues and other opportunities and we’re going to look into those,” he said.
Hidalgo County election officials said more people showed up to vote in this race than any other race since 2005. However, they said there were still a small percentage of registered voters.
The election results won’t be official until votes are canvassed later this month. An official swearing in ceremony will be held May 22.
For more election results visit KRGV's list of May city & school elections.
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