McAllen welcomes Javier Villalobos as the new City Commissioner

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Pictured above, the Honorable Randy Crane. U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of Texas, takes Javier Villalobos’ oath of office and officially becomes McAllen City commissioner.
Pictured above, the Honorable Randy Crane. U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of Texas, takes Javier Villalobos’ oath of office and officially becomes McAllen City commissioner.

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During a simple and fast ceremony, the votes from the 2018 special election run-off municipal election were officially canvassed at the start of the regular scheduled City Commission meeting.

Javier Villalobos, one perseverant public servant finally made it to a position that he eyed before. Villalobos takes District 1 seat occupied by former mayor and city commissioner Richard Cortez who resigned to run in the Democratic Primary for Hidalgo County Judge.

The city commission gave a warm welcome to the newly elected official and the general public attending the ceremony gave a standing ovation, the city commission also joined.

Judge Randy Crane delivered the Oath of Office to Villalobos and he said, “For me this is important, District 1 was once my brother’s seat.” He was referring to Scott Crane that at age 50, died of a heart attack.

Supporters of Commissioner Villalobos were not timid to show their satisfaction and took advantage of a brief pause the city had previously announced giving them an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy punch and cake. In the meantime, city staff made the official change of nameplate to Comm. Villalobos from former Commissioner Richard Cortez.

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Villalobos said he appreciates the support he received from the constituents from District 1 and is looking forward to learning from his fellow commissioners so that he can continue the great work already established and be a voice for his district. He is ready to get working for the City of McAllen.

The regular city meeting continued immediately after.