MCALLEN, Texas – Norma Ramirez has resigned as chair of the Hidalgo County Democratic Party in order to focus on her campaign to become Hidalgo County Judge.

The resignation was made at a virtual meeting of the Hidalgo County Democratic Party Executive Board on Saturday.

Unanimously appointed to replace Ramirez was Edinburg resident Patrick Eronini, the current secretary of the Hidalgo County Democratic Party. Eronini represents state Senate District 20 on the state executive board of the Texas Democratic Party.

Patrick Eronini

Eronini, a nurse practitioner, is a past president of South Texas International Airport board of directors and a past board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg.

“I look forward to unifying the local party and helping implement the progressive agenda of the Democratic Party,” Eronini told the Rio Grande Guardian.

Ramirez made her intentions known in an email newsletter sent earlier in the week to supporters.

“Hidalgo County deserves a county judge as strong as the community they’re elected to represent. That’s why I’m running,” Ramirez said.

“When we are faced with a hardship or a challenge, we meet it head on. Together, we can find truly Democratic solutions to the policy problems that have plagued our neighbors and cities for decades,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez listed some of the problems:

• Combating the scourge of flooding and flood created property damage;

• Taking concrete steps to increase representation of women in county government;

• Making Hidalgo County a more affordable, healthy, and safe place to live and raise a family; and

• Lowering property taxes for all.

“I’m running against powerful interests that are supported by some of Texas’ most dangerous and disrespectful Republican elected officials that use hateful language to alienate our community, and leave destruction in their tracks,” Ramirez said.

“The people of Hidalgo County, the people I grew up around and have known my whole life, are resilient, hardworking, and compassionate. I believe in the strength of our people, and our community. Together, we can run a people-powered campaign we can all be proud of.”

Ramirez added: “I’m honored to run this race with you. Together, we can bring true progress to Hidalgo County.”

Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez is running for re-election. Another candidate for county judge is McAllen City Commissioner Tania Ramirez. Cortez, Tania Ramirez, and Norma Ramirez are running in the Democratic Party primary. The primary election is March 1, 2022.

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