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      ~Concerned Citizens TM group sweeps Hidalgo elections

      The group known as Concerned Citizens of Hidalgo claimed victory Saturday night, after their candidates swept the municipal election in the border city.

      Mayor-elect Martin Cepeda led the victory celebrations on Saturday at the Hidalgo Memorial Park.

      Election results showed Cepeda obtained the simple majority of votes, 1380 or 51 percent.

      His challengers Alvin Samano received 1,062 votes or 39 percent, Felix Garza received 191 votes or 7 percent and Osiris Alday had 82 votes or 3 percent.

      We TMre gonna try to sit down and talk to our opposition and see if they TMre willing to work together, Cepeda said during the victory rally. It TMs a small community, so we all have to stick together.

      We live in Hidalgo, and Hidalgo is for all, he added.

      Other members of Cepeda TMs Concerned Citizens were also celebrating.

      Voters chose Gustavo Gus Sanchez to lead Place 1 in the city council with 1461 or 55 percent of the votes, as opposed to Norma Garza Torres TM 1210 votes or 45 percent.

      Meanwhile, in Place 3, voters gave Rodolfo Rudy Franz a simple majority, taking 1396 or 51 percent of votes.

      The outgoing mayor TMs uncle beat out Community United candidate Janie Melendez, who obtained 1087 or 41 percent of the votes, and Patricio Garza with 222 or 8 percent.

      Lastly, voters re-elected Dan Dillard II to lead them once more in Place 5, with 1451 or 54 percent of the vote, against Carlos Lizcano TMs 38 percent (1009), and Rachel Anderson TMs 8 percent (215) of votes.