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Visiting judge to decide if council candidate is disqualified from runoff

Posted at 4:38 AM, Nov 28, 2018

A visiting judge will decide if City Council candidate Roland Barrera can stay on the runoff ballot for the District 3 seat this morning.

Barrera’s opponent, Eric Cantu, filed an injunction last week asking that Barrera’s name be removed because he missed the deadline for filing his personal finance information in September.

Barrera acknowledged the mistake and turned in the missing paperwork when it was brought to his attention after the election.

“The ethics forms have a degree of financial information, much more comprehensive. So I just confused the two. There were two reports we had to file,” Barrera said.

KRIS 6 News spoke with Mayor Joe McComb last week who said Barrera’s failure to file paperwork on time shouldn’t keep him off the ballot.

“That’s not a disqualifer to be a candidate for public office.”

Judge Benjamin Euresti of Brownsville has been assigned to the case. The hearing is set for 10 a.m.