Sullivan City welcomes new mayor
Sullivan City welcomed a new mayor Tuesday.
More than 100 people packed the Sam Fordyce Elementary School cafeteria, where Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez administered the oath of office to Mayor Leo Garcia.
"I want to thank my family, my wife, my kids and, more than anything, all my friends that are here present," Garcia said. "And the ones that are not present today that couldn't make it, due to some reasons."
Garcia and team Sull1van -- part of the western Hidalgo County political coalition called Team L1berty -- won the May 6 election, defeating Mayor Rosendo "Cheno" Benavides and a rival political organization called Sullivan City Moving Forward.
Sylvia Castillo, a 41-year-old nurse, and Gabriel Salinas, a 36-year-old engineer, also took seats on the City Commission.
Rodriguez congratulated the new mayor and commissioners, and asked them to serve the people of Sullivan City well.
"I ask you that you serve them with the utmost respect, you serve them with the utmost honesty and with the greatest integrity," Rodriguez said.
Other members of Team L1berty attended the swearing-in ceremony, including La Joya school board President Oscar "Coach" Salinas, La Joya school board Trustee Alex Cantu, La Joya school board Trustee Claudia Ochoa, La Joya school board Trustee Armin Garza, Agua Special Utility District board President Roger Hernandez, Peñitas Mayor Rigo Lopez, Peñitas City Councilman Alex Guajardo, Peñitas City Commissioner Felipe Quintanilla, La Joya Mayor Jose "Fito" Salinas and his wife, La Joya City Commissioner Mary Salinas.
Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, former County Judge Eloy Pulido and 13th Court of Appeals Justice Dori Contreras also attended the ceremony.