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Mario Bracamontes is running for Pharr City Commissioner, Place 6. A principal at PSJA's Buell Central High School , Bracamontes is on the Pharr First slate.

PHARR, RGV – The first candidate forum for this year’s Pharr city elections took place at The Plantation in south Pharr on Tuesday evening, with seven of the eight candidates participating.

Around 150 Plantation residents attended the event, which was moderated by insurance agent and Plantation resident Abraham C. Padron.

All four candidates on the Pharr Forward slate participated, namely mayoral candidate Dr. Ambrosio ‘Amos’ Hernandez, Place 1 candidate Eleazar Guajardo, Place 5 candidate Ricardo Medina, and Place 6 candidate Dr. Ramiro Caballero. Three of the four Pharr First candidates participated: mayoral candidate Adan Farias, Place 5 incumbent Aquiles ‘Jimmy’ Garza, and Place 6 candidate Mario Bracamontes. Place 1 incumbent Arturo Cortez, the fourth member of the Pharr First slate, had a prior engagement.

A headline in this week’s Pharr Advance newspaper says the elections are turning into a “raucous affair.” However this was not the case at the candidate forum, with candidates respectful of each other and the audience.

Questions were restricted to issues important to Plantation residents, such as the state of the muncipal golf course, Tierra Del Sol, that runs through their property, the state of roads in the gated community, and whether a traffic light should be installed at the entrance to the subdivision on Cage Boulevard.

It is thought that there will be one more candidate forum for the Pharr city elections, to be hosted by Valley Interfaith. Details have yet to be announced.

Election Day is May 9. Early voting starts April 27 and ends May 5. The last day to register to vote is April 9.