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Alamo city election full of color
Alamo city election full of color
Alamo city election full of color

Alamo city election full of color

Like so many Valley cities, Alamo has over the years turned local politics into a colorful spectator sport on par with local high school football. This year, to add some sparks to the mix, there are four seats, out of five, up for grabs: the mayor and three commissioners. Three slates are battling it out: Mayor Diana Martinez heads up one; Commissioner Trino Medina the other; and the lone contender for Place 4, leading her own slate as it were, Lora “L. J.” Gioeni. Lone man out because he isn’t facing re-election is Commissioner Robert “The Mailman” De La Garza, who used to side with Medina until he got crossways with former Alamo Police Chief Baudelio Castillo, a Medina supporter and vice versa. Since then, De La Garza has been campaigning for Martinez, while Castillo has been walking the streets for Medina. If Medina wins, it’s a pretty sure bet that Castillo will get back his old police chief job after being terminated by the city commission late last year, before filing a wrongful termination suit against the city, the mayor, De La Garza, and the former city manager. As early voting week comes to an end, as a lead up to next Tuesday’s election, The Advance spoke by phone with both Diana Martinez and Trino Medina to get a look at this year’s election and how it’s stacking up. Needless to say, neither has much affection for the other. Alamo hard-ball politics has been like that for as long for as this newspaper has been in existence: 41 years. First up to bat, ladies first, Mayor Diana Martinez: So if an undecided voter asks you why your slate is the best choice, what do you tell them? Out of the past four years, you say that you’ve had the majority vote for approximately two of those four years. Diana Martinez: “Look up the word transparency. Look at what we’ve done for our community as far as new businesses coming in, helping the community with the sewers (improvements), or subdivisions with the sewers, bringing new business into the community, not raising taxes. That’s what we’ve done. And we will want to continue to do that.” If you will speak a little bit about each of the three candidates on your slate, what benefits to they bring to the slate, and why should the voters choose them, in other words? Diana Martinez: “Well, we have Maria Del Pilar Garza,

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