Runoff for Democrats in Cameron County judge's race

Ruben Pena

As soon as early votes came out, Joe Rivera was in the clear lead, but Rivera wasn't able to avoid a runoff.

The current Cameron County clerk a seat he has held for over 30 years was at the top of the race for democratic candidate for Cameron County judge as he faced three other opponents.

"I hadn't had any opposition in 12 years, so when I went out there I was a little bit surprised at the way that the people throughout the county opened up their arms and greeted me with enthusiasm, and that TMs why we will do a good job in the runoff," Joe Rivera said.

He faced Ruben Pea and Port of Brownsville commissioner Martin Arambula.

Travis Rivera was also in the ballot, but he got less than a thousand votes.

In the end Ruben Pea, the man who called himself the underdog, received the second most votes, making the runoff.

"I always felt confident and the reason that I felt confident is because our organization was very well put together. We have great people supporting us and we knew that as votes kept coming, that our lead ought to increase," he said.

The runoff will take place on May 27th.

The winner will face incumbent County Judge Carlos Cascos in the general election, which will take place this November.