Hidalgo County Democrats left with task of selecting future sheriff


POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 7:46am

The Hidalgo County Democrats have the task of choosing the future Sheriff.

Former Sheriff Lupe Treviño resigned amid money laundering charges. So the precinct chairs of the party will decide who will run in November's election.

The winner then will serve the final two years of Treviño's term before running again in 2016.

There are 52 possible votes to cast for the seat, including incoming party Chair Ric Godinez.

Among the candidates are current interim Sheriff Eddie Guerra, lawyer Nereyda Morales-Martinez, security businessman Frank Guerrero, and current and former lawmen Juan Gonzalez, Art Garza, and Geovani Hernandez.

Godinez says Guerra's position as the interim sheriff gives him an advantage.

"He's the sheriff, so this is the nomination for sheriff, so I just think by that principle he becomes the front-runner," Godienez said.

The party will make a decision on July 26th.

It's simple--the candidate with the most party votes wins. The winner will be in November's election... against whomever is nominated by another party.

Although it's still unknown who will take up the challenge.

"I'm not too sure what kind of competition to expect.  I've heard early on that other parties aren't going to put a candidate on the ballot, but you never know."

Godinez says after all that went wrong with former sheriff Treviño, making a perfect decision is impossible.

"I think all you can do is do the best you can to do the best you can to getting the best information, deliberate and usually the best candidate during the process tends to show themselves."

Godinez says he prefers his choice to have some law enforcement and political experience.

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