With deep roots in Hidalgo County, life-long Democrat Richard Cortez has been making life better for our community and families over his long history of dedicated and proven public service. He has served as Mayor of McAllen, McAllen City Commissioner for District 1, and now is running for Judge of Hidalgo County.
Cortez was born in Mercedes, Texas and raised in Weslaco. He is a graduate of Weslaco High School and Pan American College, now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.). A life-long resident of Hidalgo County, he has lived in McAllen for over 33 years, serving his community in a variety of leadership roles. Together with his late wife Elva (Longoria), he raised four children: Rick, Sandy, Jay, and Laura. He is a proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren.
As a respected professional, community leader, and family man, Cortez possesses a strong commitment to helping his community, a firm dedication to the values of honesty, integrity, and fiscal responsibility, and the necessary leadership skills to make profound and positive growth and improvements in our area.
Cortez thrives on teamwork, collaboration, and uniting people from all areas to work together to achieve one common goal and purpose. Cortez plans to bring momentum and proven leadership to Hidalgo County as our next Hidalgo County Judge.
There is much critical work to be done to ensure our residents and communities have the infrastructure, economic development, and services needed to thrive in our ever-growing region.
While Cortez has big plans for our county, he will continue to safeguard your tax dollars, and is committed to not raising the property tax rate.
As County Judge, Cortez will work hard every day to improve quality of life by focusing on infrastructure, roads, and drainage; enhancing educational, employment, and healthcare opportunities; and promoting economic opportunities so that we can live, work, and raise our families in the best environment possible.
Cortez has the vision, dedication, and commitment to continue making Hidalgo County a leader in our state, in our nation, and in the international arena, and will be a Judge that Hidalgo County needs.
Hidalgo County families deserve a strong voice at the table to increase access to funding and resources that are imperative to meet the demands of our continued growth. Cortez is prepared to work hand-in-hand with our state and federal leaders and to advocate and fight for our fair share of what our Hidalgo County families deserve – educational opportunities, skills training and workforce development, higher-paying jobs, funding for infrastructure projects, and more.
Cortez is against any increase in property tax rates. By effectively and efficiently managing county funds with a sharp eye on the bottom line, Cortez believes the county can fulfill its obligations and work to expand county services by keeping taxes low, without placing an undue burden on our taxpayers and families.
Infrastructure, roads, and drainage systems are critical components of a county’s responsibility to its citizens. Cortez is committed to working with county commissioners to ensure that county infrastructure systems are functional, sustainable and prepared for future growth.
Cortez believes that leaders at the local level must take action now to be prepared with adequate and sufficient flood prevention and mitigation plans. An important factor is the construction of the Raymondville Drain, which will alleviate flooding issues in low-lying areas of the county. Cortez also believes in innovative solutions to prevent flooding such as city/school retention pond parks that were created during his tenure as Mayor in McAllen.
Cortez is committed to promoting our area and making Hidalgo County attractive for new industries. Smaller, rural communities may not have the available resources and expertise as larger cities, but Cortez believes that Hidalgo County can provide the necessary assistance and resources for smaller communities to be competitive, grow their economies, and provide more opportunities for prosperity for all residents.
Our population surge in recent years will help us with increased access to federal resources and funding. Cortez is committed to working together through intensive outreach and education among residents, especially in rural areas, to ensure that every person in Hidalgo County is accurately counted in the 2020 Census.
Cortez is fully committed to continuing fulfilling Hidalgo County’s obligation to provide quality healthcare for indigent families that qualify at 21% of the federal poverty level, as required by law. He is against any proposition that will increase taxes and burden our taxpayers.
Proper planning and foresight must be considered when evaluating and addressing our county transportation needs. Hidalgo County needs a strong voice at the state and federal levels to advocate for our fair share of transportation and infrastructure funding.
Cortez wholeheartedly supports the efforts of our local law enforcement and our state and federal agency partners. As County Judge, Cortez will continue to partner with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and officials to keep Hidalgo County safe.
Based on his experience, knowledge and desire to serve his community and make it better for future generations, Richard Cortez is a ready and willing servant leader and will be the County Judge that our Hidalgo County families deserve.
Vote with confidence in a public leader we can believe in. Vote Richard Cortez for Hidalgo County Judge!