We need more transparency in Palmhurst City Government
PALMHURST, Texas — Ricka Tijerina says she will bring more transparency to town meetings if she is elected mayor of Palmhurst.
“I think Palmhurst has long used the fact that it’s a small town to not let its people know what’s going on. We do not have access to meeting minutes, we do not have access to any important documents on our website. I want to put everything there. And I want to make sure everyone’s voices are heard,” Tijerina told the Guardian of the Rio Grande.
Tijerina said she was inspired by recent election results in the nearby Mission, which just elected its first female mayor. Tijerina was recently at the Mission Events Center for a swearing-in ceremony for new Mission Mayor Norie Gonzalez Garza and Mission City Council member Jessica Ortega.
“I love the live streams of Mission Town Council meetings. It’s something I would absolutely love to do in Palmhurst. I can’t wait to talk to them and learn more as I think this should be the norm in all governments to keep every resident informed,” Tijerina said.
“I’m so excited to see what Norie and Jessica have in store for the future of Mission.”
The recent mayoral election of Palmhurst made national news because voters elected incumbent Mayor Ramiro J. Rodriguez, even though he had died before Election Day. Tierjina said Palmhurst voters voted tactically.
“The people of Palmhurst wanted their voices to be heard. They saw what they had in front of them and they knew that to get the candidate they wanted, they had to do what was necessary in the voting booth.
Palmview’s new mayoral election will take place on August 10. Early voting will take place from July 25 to August 5. The winner will serve a four-year term.
Tijerina said those who wanted to run for mayor in the new election did not have to be on the ballot in the recent one.
“Anyone could throw their hat in the ring. Now we have four people who want to introduce themselves. For a long time it was me and Israel Silva. Now we also have Fred Del Barrio and Eddie Montalvo.
At 27, Tijerina is the only candidate under 50 to run for mayor. She is also the only woman. By profession, she is a lawyer and works for Hinojosa Law. The company has offices in Weslaco and Houston. “Every client is my family,” she said.
When asked if there was anything else she would like to tell voters, Tijerina replied, “Get out and vote and make your voice heard.”
Here are more details about the Tijerina campaign:
Instagram Campaign: @rickaformayor
Personal Instagram: @reekahh
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