Recap: McAllen mayoral candidate debate

6 months 4 days 6 hours ago Tuesday, May 25 2021 May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021 9:53 PM May 25, 2021 in Election Coverage

The McAllen mayoral race is down to two people, Veronica Vela-Whitacre and Javier Villalobos.

Tuesday night, the two candidates went head-to-head in a debate ahead of the runoff election set for June 5.

While Villalobos says his experience as an attorney sets him apart from his opponent, Vela-Whitacre pointed at her background working with nonprofits and managing budgets as what makes her an ideal candidate.

During Tuesday night's debate, hosted by Village in the Valley, both candidates shared their plans to revive downtown McAllen.

Villalobos noted the lack of parking downtown as a problem needing a fix, while Vela-Whitacre expressed the need for more family-oriented entertainment.

Both candidates share the desire to lead McAllen to the next level.

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