New Beginning for Weslaco Following Special Election

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WESLACO – Four candidates competed in Tuesday’s special election for the Weslaco Commissioner District Four seat.

The seat became available after the resignation of the former commissioner Jerry Tafolla.

Tafolla plead guilty in a federal bribery case earlier this year.

The case revolved around contracts awarded for Weslaco’s waste water facilities.

Six officials from different parts of the Rio Grande Valley are accused of conspiring to make money illegally off of one of the most basic public services.

Tuesday was the start of a new chapter for Weslaco; the special election decides a new commissioner for Precinct 4 before the current term even ends.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation say Leonel Julian Lopez, Jr., Daniel j. Garcia, Arturo c. Cuellar, and Ricardo Quintanilla conspired to bribe Weslaco commissioners John F. Cuellar and Tafolla.

Tafolla pled guilty and signed a plea deal and prosecutors tentatively agreed to recommend a lower sentence.

His sentencing date is set for Jan. 15 of 2020.

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