PHARR, RGV – Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez says he has too much unfinished business in the city and will therefore not run for Hidalgo County Judge.

In a statement, Hernandez, a physician and co-owner of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, said he appreciates the support of those who called on him to run for county judge in 2018.

Current Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia has announced he will not seek re-election in the March 2018 Democratic Party primary. Some Garcia supporters are asking him to reconsider that decision.

Former Hidalgo County Judge Eloy Pulido has thrown his hat in the ring for the county’s top elected seat. And former McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez, currently a McAllen City Commissioner, is considering a run for Hidalgo County Judge.

Here is Mayor Hernandez’s statement in full:

As you may be aware, earlier this year a group of supporters established an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of me seeking elected office as Hidalgo County judge.

Over these last few weeks, the committee met with influential leaders in communities across Hidalgo County, from the east to the west, and from the border to the northern county line, all of whom expressed their support for my potential candidacy.

I am humbled and appreciative of the encouragement from elected officials from all local levels, including our County judge and commissioners, other county officials, mayors, councilmembers, commissioners, and school board trustees all across Hidalgo County.

Thank you for believing in me and my ability to serve the citizens of our great Hidalgo County as County Judge.

After careful consideration and much deliberation with my loved ones, colleagues, and mentors, I have made the decision that, while I am grateful for the incredible outpouring of support, there is no better time and no better opportunity than now to continue the work I have begun as Mayor of Pharr.

I still have much to accomplish here in Pharr. We have big dreams to achieve, and even more opportunities on the horizon.

This year, we are about to lower taxes for the second straight year, fulfilling a promise made by our City Commission and again providing some financial relief to our taxpaying citizens.

Our international bridge continues to be a regional, national and international economic driving force, bolstering trade, commerce, and activity, and we need to continue helping to influence national policy regarding homeland security, border issues, and international trade and commerce, while protecting our environment.

With the help of our state legislators, we recently were successful in securing $150 million in transportation funding to expand our Pharr interchange. This project will spur economic activity for the entire region. I am proud to continue representing Pharr and the entire Rio Grande Valley on projects of regional importance.

We are taking a business-savvy approach to municipal government, and coming up with innovative solutions to tackle and address our capital needs.

As chair of the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization, our influence in moving transportation projects in our city has previously been unprecedented. and I want to thank my fellow colleagues and representatives on the MPO for their assistance.

At this time, I have made the decision to not run for County Judge.

As mayor, Pharr citizens deserve my full attention to see things through completion, and I will continue to be the leader Pharr residents elected.

This does not preclude any aspirations for higher office that I may seek in the future, but right now I am committed to the citizens and families of the great city of Pharr, and to finishing the great work we started.

Thank you,

Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez, M.D.

Mayor of the City of Pharr, Texas