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      Former police chief campaigns for Harlingen City Commission seat

      Danny Castillo is no stranger to Harlingen.

      He served as the city TMs police chief for many years, until his controversial departure in February.

      "When you talk about the way it happened, I think life happens, Castillo said about the issue. I had 25 years of service with the City of Harlingen, I had nine years as police chief, and there's a lot of positive, a lot of good things that happened during that tenure."

      During his time out of the spotlight, Castillo said he TMs been able to spend more time with his family and friends and play golf.

      However, on Monday, Action 4 News caught-up with Castillo as he went around the city posting campaign yard signs.

      This December 16, he hopes voters will choose him as the District 1 Commissioner - a seat recently vacated by Gus Ruiz.

      "I TMve been a 38-year-resident of (Harlingen) and this is just another door that's opened, and it's another opportunity for me to serve," he said.

      Castillo even created a Facebook page to get the word out, but while he admits this type of campaigning is new to him, the former chief said Harlingen TMs city government is not.

      The relationships and the people I TMve had the privilege of knowing during that process, could be very instrumental in developing an overall, broad base consensus of certain things that are important to this community," Castillo said.

      Castillo's campaign slogan is "Bring Back Unity in Our Community and he said if elected, it's one of the goals he'll strive for.

      So far in the race, the former police chief faces challengers Gail Moore and former City Commissioner J.J. Gonzalez in the race.

      Early voting for the special election will be held December 1,2,5,7 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 6 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day will be held December 16.