In February, Villalobos made it known he is “not afraid to make the tough decisions that have to be made,” which includes the border.
McAllen citizens flipped the mayor’s office by electing Republican Javier Villalobos. By the way, Hispanics make up 85% of the population.
President Joe Biden won Hidalgo County, which houses McAllen, by almost 17 points in November 2020.
Javier Villalobos defeated Veronica Whitacre in the June 5 runoff election to win the position as McAllen mayor.
Villalobos won the election with 4,744 votes to Whitacre’s 4,538 votes. Villalobos won with 51.11 percent of the election total.
The new mayor had served as commissioner of McAllen’s district one since 2018.
The two candidates garnered the most votes in the initial city election in May.
Villalobos’s term will last four years.
In February, Villalobos made it known he is “not afraid to make the tough decisions that have to be made.” These decisions include the border:
Villalobos is aware of what could happen if the border is opened to immigrants and they are dropped in McAllen just as it happened a few years ago. “It is a federal issue like was before, and that should not be imposed on our municipality.” He said, “We cannot spend our tax dollars to solve a chaos that the federal government is already brewing up.” He made it clear, “I don’t have anything against immigrants; however, I am responsible for McAllen taxpayer’s money. It is important to consider the ramifications of the federal government’s actions.”
During a March debate, Villalobos noted the relationship the city has with Catholic Charities regarding immigrants. The charity has the Humanitarian Respite Center, which has helped provide COVID testing and general care.
Villalobos said: “Immigration is not an issue that we deal with for or against. Public safety is and we must always make sure our citizens are safe.”
Villalobos’s win is huge for Republicans.
Holy cow… Republicans just flipped the mayorship of McAllen, Texas.
This was not expected and shows Hispanics in South Texas may have shifted with the GOP even post Trumphttps://t.co/bFOMpNcNrS
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 6, 2021
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