New Candidate Wants to be Brownsville District 2 City Commissioner
POSTED: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:27am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 4:58pm
Esequiel Silva was looking to run for the District 2 seat for city commissioner in Brownsville against incumbent Charlie Atkinson.
Silva was convicted of a felony more than a decade ago.
According to a letter Newscenter 23 obtained the city secretary after getting advice from the secretary of state and the district attorney said that Silva is disqualified.
The Cameron County Elections administrator Roger Ortiz confirmed Silva will not be on the ballot.
Now a new candidate Jessica Tetreau hopes to be a write in candidate.
"It was never my intention to be a politician hear in town I am a community member that didn't like the option my city was giving me, I am honest hard worker and i feel that everyone should have a choice."
Tetreau says she is having some trouble getting on the ballot. She says one of the reason they would not let her on the ballot is because she didn't have enough signatures.
At first Tetreau says the city secretary did not tell her how many she need than later was told her she needed 100.
"I have 150, and 110 that qualify I have been told I only have 89 that qualify after we recounted I have 110. "
Tetreau also adds under the city charter she has 30 days up to the election to collect her signatures and that city is not following the charter.
"Currently I am disqualified but my legal team is looking into it, I have talked with many people in my legal team who say that this is an adjust action."