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Local elections draw crowded ballot

 In addition to the widely publicized Presidential election, which pits Hillary Clinton against Republican candidate Donald Trump, there are a number of local races drawing a lot of attention to the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

The La Joya Independent School District election for board of trustees features 10 candidates vying for four positions on the board.  In Place 4, recently appointed board member Laura Avendaño has two challengers: Anselmo Barrera and Claudia Nely Ochoa.  In Place 5, incumbent Espie Ochoa will face Armin Garza. In Place 6, Oscar “Coach” Salinas is feeling the pressure as he faces two challengers, including longtime Hidalgo County Pct. 3 Coordinator Domingo “Mingo” Villarreal Jr. and newcomer Oscar “Rito” Martinez. In Place 7, Alex Cantu and Gracie Flores, two well-known individuals, are seeking the vote.

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The Progress Times invited each of the La Joya ISD and City of Palmview candidates to submit an announcement offering their qualifications and platform in this election. All candidates responded with their announcements by the deadline with the exception of Claudia Ochoa.

The La Joya ISD announcements are being published in this week’s edition of the newspaper, and can be found below. Next week we will bring you the announcements of the Palmview City Council candidates. 

La Joya ISD Place 4

  1. Laura Avendaño seeks election to LJISD Trustee Place 4
  2. Anselmo Barrera announces for La Joya ISD Place 4
  3. Claudia Ochoa (N/A)

La Joya ISD Place 5

  1. Espie Ochoa to seek reelection on LJISD board
  2. Armin Garza seeks La Joya ISD Place 5

La Joya ISD Place 6

  1. Oscar ‘Rito’ Martinez candidate for LJISD Place 6
  2. Oscar ‘Coach’ Salinas seeks reelection to LJISD Board
  3. Mingo Villarreal Jr announces campaign for La Joya School Board

 La Joya ISD Place 7

  1. Alex Cantu campaigns for La Joya ISD School Board Place 7
  2. Gracie S. Flores seeking election to Place 7 La Joya ISD board

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