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New Edinburg Council majority cracks 2020: Out with the old; in with the new News stories we’re following…
Gilbert Enriquez
David White
Johnny Garcia
Richard Molina
Jorge Salinas

A new year, a new decade no less, a lot of news stories up ahead, and thankfully, Hidalgo County is ripe with newsmakers: some positive, some negative. Here at The Advance, we are still recovering from the holidays, fleshing out stories that need more review, more investigating, more coverage, but here’s a look at the stories under current review: • In what can only be described as a surprise move, at least to some, Edinburg’s newest city councilman, Juan “Johnny” Garcia, voted last month against the city terminating its current contract with SDI Engineering, LLC. SDI works as project manager for the city, overseeing the city projects funded by the $30 million bond election (drainage and roadways) passed by city residents in August of 2018. What was surprising about the vote that took place during the Dec. 18th meeting is that most people in the know (Edinburg politics) assumed that Garcia would back Councilman Gilbert Enriquez, who clearly wanted SDI gone. Most political watchers in Edinburg assumed that Enriquez had a solid council majority after Garcia won the December runoff election against Molina’s choice for the Place 3 seat, Deanna Dominguez. After all, Enriquez and his political ally, Councilman David White, supported Garcia in the runoff, so it would stand to reason, presumably, that the three would represent a solid majority when it came time to vote on relatively important agenda items. During the Dec. 18th meeting, Enriquez made mention of the possible waste of taxpayer money tied to the work being done by SDI, to which Mayor Richard Molina countered (paraphrase): Then why did you and your council majority (prior to Garcia’s runoff win) vote to pay the former city manager, Juan Guerra, 250,000 of taxpayer dollars to quit his job if you’re so concerned about taxpayer dollars. More to come on this story, because it has more legs to run. • Speaking of Edinburg, there is another story worth digging into: why and how did some of the people indicted for alleged voter fraud conspiracy tied to the Richard Molina mayoral campaign in 2017 end up working for several candidates who were running against the candidates Molina was supporting this past Edinburg election? Obviously, all of the people indicted thus far are innocent until proven guilty, but if you were running on a platform that promised to root out public corruption, as was the case with new Councilman David White,

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