Jailed Progreso mayor faces no opponent in upcoming race

Michael Vela // File Photo

Omar Vela is spending the weekend behind bars but Action 4 News has learned he faces no opponent in an upcoming race for mayor.

FBI agents arrested the Progreso mayor, his school board president brother and their maintenance supervisor father earlier this week.

The three are accused of making tens of thousands of dollars from contractors in a pay to play bribery scheme.

Vela, his brother and their father all remain in custody without bond until a Tuesday morning hearing in McAllen TMs federal court.

But Action 4 News has learned that Vela does not face an opponent in the November 5th election for mayor.

According to the Texas Secretary Of State website, the deadline to register as a candidate in a local race in the November election was at 5 p.m. Monday.

Progreso City Attorney Javier Villalobos confirmed that Vela is the only candidate in the race.

That status as the only candidate guarantees Vela re-election for another term despite being in jail and facing federal charges.

It TMs not clear what would happen in the race if Vela resigns from office but he is expected to ask a federal judge for a bond on Tuesday.