MCALLEN, Texas – The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Meet & Greet event for the candidates running in two important runoff elections.

Voters can come and meet the candidates running in the Democratic Party primary runoff elections for Congressional District 15 and State Board of Education District 2.

The event takes place at the Costa Messa restaurant in McAllen on Wednesday, May 11. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with candidate introductions starting at 6 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public. The address of Costa Messa is 5248 N. 10th Street, McAllen.

Sponsors include UT-Rio Grande Valley, Texas Gas Service, and the Rio Grande Guardian. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook. 

“We are putting on this Meet & Greet event so that the voters in Congressional District 15 and State Board of Education District 2 can get a better idea of who the candidates are that have made it to the runoffs,” said Cynthia Sakulenzki, president of RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“None of the candidates are incumbents so they may be new to some voters. Who are the candidates? Why are the running? What is their platform? Where do they stand on the top issues facing our state and our region? We hope to glean more information in a nice, informal setting.”

The candidates in the runoff election in CD 15 are Ruben Ramirez and Michelle Vallejo. The winner will face Republican Monica De La Cruz and Libertarian Ross Lynn Leone in the November general election.

The candidates in the runoff election in SBOE District 2 are Pete Garcia and Victor Perez. The winner will face Republican L.J. Francis in the November general election.

If voters cannot attend but would like to submit a question for the candidates please email: [email protected].

The runoff elections are on May 24, 2022. 


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