By Juan Montoya
The first to announce for Justice of the Peace 2-3 was Maria E. Garcia.
Former constable Pete Avila was next.
Now, a third, Brownsville Independent School District trustee Minerva Peña, has thrown her Stetson in the arena for the same position.
Not far behind her, after she placed Carlos Masso as vice-chair of the Cameron County Democratic Party, former chairperson Sylvia Garza-Perez declared for county judge to run against Democratic candidate Martin Arambula and other expected to jump into the fray before the year is up. Some of the names mentioned include attorney Ruben Peña and Pct. 4 commissioner Dan Sanchez.
The eventual winner would face Republican incumbent Carlos Cascos in November 2014.
And so far, three candidates have announced for district clerk, the position to be left vacant when perennial office holder Aurora De la Garza leaves office at the end of 2014. They are Rosie Sotelo, Eric Garza, and Neida Ruth Soto-Grantland.
Local attorney Alex Dominguez so far is the only challenger for the Pct. 2 county commissioner Ernie Hernandez.
By far the most surprising candidacy announced this season was the one of former county-court-at-law Daniel Robles against incumbent Art McDonald. Given Robles' intimate association with convicted former state representative Jim Solis, many observers were astounded that he would challenge McDonald, one fo the county's better liked jurists. Robles not only left office before his term was up, but went on to join Solis' office and in fact is representing Solis on some cases left in limbo when the former state rep was convicted.
The Peña candidacy for JP 2-3 is intriguing. Why, after she has just won a new term on the BISD board of trustees, did Peña decide she wanted to be a justice of the peace?
Recently she gave a speech on her Hispanic ancestry for Dieciseis de Septiembre saying that she had survived illness, getting run over by a train, had a hard time getting a job with the state, and blamed it all on gender discrimination. Up until now we hadn't realized she had been run over by a train. No wonder.