A third candidate has filed for a position on the ballot for the July 3 District 3 City Council race to replace Jeff Bauknight.
After being reelected in May, Bauknight announced his plans to run for mayor, thus forfeiting his seat on the City Council. Bauknight has represented the northernmost district in the city since 2013. He will continue serving on City Council until the July 3 election.
Lee Cantu, 52, filed Wednesday evening for a position on the ballot. Born and raised in Victoria County, Cantu has worked in the environmental health and safety field for the past 27 years.
He said he didn’t file to run in the May election because he believed Bauknight was doing a fantastic job representing the district.
The father of six kids, Cantu said the thing he loves most about Victoria is how friendly and family oriented the city is. “Everybody treats you and welcomes you with open arms here.”
Cantu has always been interested in politics. From 2004 to 2008, he worked as a safety risk manager for the city of Victoria, he said, and during that time really took a liking to sitting at Council meetings and understanding how things work.
“I’m really enthused about having the possibility to serve my community, give back and be the voice for the folks here in Victoria,” he said.
He is excited about the master plans the city is currently working on, especially the streets and drainage plans. If elected, he wants to continue that work, but more importantly, he wants to hear from his constituents to understand what their wants and needs are.
Cantu will be joined by Aaron Franco, 26 and Duane Crocker, 51, on the ballot at the July 3 special election.
Those interested in running for the District 3 seat on the City Council can file an application with the City Secretary until 5 p.m. May 24.