Eleven candidates running for new congressional seat

Eleven candidates fanned out across the newly drawn Congressional District 34 on Election Day hoping to convince voters to vote for them.

On the Democratic ticket, eight candidates hoped to land in the top two as the race is expected to go into a runoff on July 31.

Brownsville attorney Filemon Vela is considered by many the frontrunner, but he faced stiff competition on Election Day.

Attorney Anthony Troiani said he hoped to be the second name on the runoff ballot.

But Vela and Troiani went up against two individuals with considerable experience in Congress.

Denise Saenz-Blanchard worked for over 15 years for former Congressman Solomon Ortiz.

Candidate Salomon Torres also has experience in Washington.

He was the district director for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.

Ramiro Garza started off his day in the eastern portions of Hidalgo County which are also a part of the newly created district.

Candidate Elmo Aycock filed for the race even before a federal court in San Antonio created the district.

Former Willacy County District Attorney Juan Guerra and embattled Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos are also in the race for congress.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, UTB-TSC trustee Adela Garza said she was confident she would take not only her party TMs nomination, but the entire race.

But her challenger, Jessica Puente-Bradshaw, said she was the best person for the job due to her job as a political analyst. Puente-Bradshaw claimed she understands the problems in South Texas.

Both women faced off against attorney Paul Haring.