Mission mayoral race among runoffs Saturday

The city of Mission’s runoff elections Saturday will decide whether Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas will exceed two decades in office.

During the May 5 city elections, Salinas was just a handful of votes short of an outright victory, forcing him into a runoff with council member Armando O’Caña, who elected to give up his seat on the council to run for mayor.

O’Caña, however, has remained on the board pending an election to select his replacement. That election will also be decided today as none of the three candidates in that race received more than 50 percent of the votes during the May 5 elections.

Running for O’Caña’s Place 4 seat is Gustavo Martinez, an attorney, and Julian Gonzalez, currently the Hidalgo city manager.

Gonzalez previously served on the Mission City Council, but this is Martinez’s first run for office. However, Martinez has served on the Parks and Recreation Board and on the board for the Mission school district’s Education Foundation.

There will be four polling locations open Saturday, which are Bryan Elementary School, Celestino Ramirez Fire Station No. 3, Castro Elementary School, and Mission High School.

The polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.