Some Candidates on Ballot in Jail or Facing Charges

KGRV-TV (Weslaco, Tex.), Nov. 4, 2008

Several Valley candidates are facing criminal charges, while running for election.

In Starr County, Reymundo Guerra is running unopposed for sheriff. While voters are casting ballots, he’s in federal jail. Guerra is accused of setting up stash houses and tipping off drug smugglers about investigations.

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Also, Hidalgo County District Judge Jesse Contreras is facing his second arrest for DWI. He’s running against republican challenger Danny Rios.

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Cameron County Precinct 1 Constable Saul Ochoa is serving 58 months for drug charges. Republican candidate Jose G. Maldonado Jr. and independent Quirino R. Martinez are running against him.

But if Ochoa wins, Cameron County commissioners can either appoint someone or call for a special election.

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