Brownsville mayor runs for re-election against five challengers

Brenda Joyas challenged Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez.

Brownsville will have six mayoral candidates to choose between in May.

Along with incumbent Mayor Tony Martinez, five challengers have filed for the seat. They include former Mayor Pat Ahumada, Robert Sanchez, William Garza, Erasmo Castro and Brenda Joyas.

This has been the most packets we have issued " compared to the 2011 election, said Assistant City Secretary Griselda Rosas.

In 2007, Brownsville had a four-way mayoral contest. In 2011, five candidates competed for the city TMs top job. Now Brownsville counts six contenders.

"When I started seeing all the other candidates, I decided the people need someone focused on the infrastructure of the city and bringing the government back to the people, said Joyas, who filed Friday " the final day to submit a ballot application.

Martinez told Action 4 News many good things have happened in Brownsville during the past four years, so he wasn TMt surprised that several people decided to run against him.

"I keep telling people it TMs a great time to be in Brownsville, so obviously folks are interested in doing what I TMve endured to do the last three or four years, Martinez said.

One of the most exciting things to happen in Brownsville under Martinez is the announcement of the SpaceX launch site, but Joyas said SpaceX may attract the wrong type of people to city government.

"Space X is the game changer for a lot of things in this town, Joyas said. So they see a lot of possibilities, a lot of industries, so a lot of people are trying to pocket a buck.

As the close of business Monday the city had qualified William Garza, Erasmo Castro and Patricio Ahumada for the ballot.

The city has until the end of the week to confirm the remaining three candidates.

Election day is May 9.

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