Mayor Richard Molisa seeks reelection

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Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia Molina walk into the courtroom before being arraigned by (Precinct 2 Place 2) Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Jaime "Jerry" Mu–oz on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Pharr. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

This week Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina has announced he is seeking reelection. Molina was first elected in November 2017 after serving as a city council member.

“This is my home. I didn’t run for office to become a politician. I ran for office to serve the city I love,” Molina stated in the news release addressed to residents.

The news release did not comment on the ongoing investigation into an election fraud case against him stemming from the November 2017 Edinburg mayoral election.

In 2019, Molina and his wife –Dalia Molina – turned themselves into investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety and were charged for their alleged involvement in engaging in organized election fraud.

Nearly two dozen people were arrested and charged in connection with the case. The trial was set to begin in June 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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