(CNSNews.com) – The newly elected mayor of McAllen, Texas, a city near the Mexico border, is a Republican who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and curbing taxes.
Javier Villalobos, a former city commissioner, defeated Democrat Veronica Vela Whitacre with 51.1 percent of the vote in Saturday’s runoff election. McAllen is in Hidalgo County, which Democrat Joe Biden won by 17 points in the 2020 election. The county is — or has been — solidly Democrat.
Villalobos talked about flipping the mayoral seat from blue to red with Fox News early Monday morning:
“You know, this past election — you know, having a good dose of competition is important, and people are realizing, generally, the Hispanic community is very conservative. But unfortunately, for whatever reason, historically they voted Democrat. But things are changing little by little, they’re changing in different areas. It’s finally hitting the south.
“I think it’s very important, we got to keep on having a good dose of competition, competition makes things better. So…a few months later, everybody knows I was a former Hidalgo County Republican chairman, the people chose to elect me — I think something that’s very important. Things are changing, and we’re very happy.”
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