Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Mayor Pro-tem Leonel “Leo” Garcia as Leonel “Leo” Garza. We apologize for this error.
Another week is ending, which means it’s time for a new issue of the Progress Times.
Below is a preview of our page one stories, which includes an update on Mission High School’s new multi-million football stadium and a preview of the sullivan City Elections.
To read the full stories, make sure you pick up an issue of it tomorrow wherever our papers are sold.
Six candidates vying for mayor and two city commission seats
By Joe Hinton
Halfway through his second term on the Sullivan City Commission, Mayor Pro-tem Leonel “Leo” Garcia, is gambling his seat to run for mayor in the city’s May 6 election.
Early voting at city hall begins Monday as six candidates vie for mayor and two seats on the city commission.
Garcia, 31, who works in the transportation department of the La Joya Independent School District, is running against incumbent mayor, Rosendo “Cheno” Benavides, who is seeking a third term. Benavides, 39, is also employed by the LJISD and works in the purchasing office of the district’s athletic department.
Benavides is joined by two other candidates running under the slate, Sullivan City Moving Forward.
Garcia is joined by two political newcomers running together under the slate, Sull1van City. Sullivan City nurse and businesswoman, Sylvia Castillo, 41, who has operated an adult day care center and medical supply company in the city for 17 years, is running for the Place 1 commission seat Garcia is vacating.
New Tru Fit, Raising Cane’s to open in Mission
By Joe Hinton
First the chicken fingers and then the gym. But maybe not in that order.
Anyone driving on Conway Avenue north of Griffin Parkway may have noticed construction crews at work on the west side of Conway just north of the Peter Piper Pizza. Though there are no signs at the site announcing it, the crews are working on Mission’s second Tru Fit Athletic Club. Also in the planning stages is the city’s first Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant. The latter will be constructed on Shary Road north of Expressway in a city designated development zone.
MCISD: size matters and other matters
By Joe Hinton
Based on comments during recent meetings of the Mission CISD board of trustees, there’s a possibility construction of Mission High School’s new multi-million football stadium may not be completed in time for the school’s September 1 season home opener.
In the meantime the board has voted to double the size of the bronze statue of Tom Landry that will be the centerpiece art in front of the stadium named after the former Dallas Cowboy’s head coach and school alumnus.