Victoria councilman to seek county commissioners nomination

Sonny Long

Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.

Victoria City Councilman Gabriel Soliz has filed to run for Victoria County Commissioner in Precinct 1.

Soliz, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, has been the District 2 city councilman for three years. "My desire to serve people while in the role of a public official has been rewarding and has prompted me to seek another office," he said in a news release.

The 39-year-old joins a crowded field for the Democratic Party's nomination. Incumbent commissioner Kenny Spann faces challengers Danny Garcia, 50, a highway department retiree, Chris Rivera, 59, former commissioner, and sheriff's deputy Kenneth Wells, 46.

Rivera is the former commissioner for Precinct 1, who Spann beat in 2008.

"My wish is to serve the citizens of Victoria County, Precinct 1 in the same manner and address major issues concerning the Southeastern portion of the county," Soliz said in his announcement.

"From water-related issues to job opportunities, from road and drainage conditions to city-county cooperation, I am certain that I am the best candidate with the most qualifications to serve as county commissioner, Precinct 1," said Soliz.

In the race for Victoria County Commissioner, Precinct 3, Republican incumbent Gary Burns has drawn a Democratic challenger.

Reynaldo "Rey" Herrera, a 62-year-old sheriff's deputy has filed for his party's nomination.



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