Tano Tijerina elected Webb County Judge

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
Tano Tijerina will take over the Webb County Judge position in January.

Campaign sign of Tano Tijerina.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - From being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993, to being elected Webb County Judge in 2015. Almost two out of every three voters cast their ballot for Tano Tijerina, Tuesday.

He took to the streets Wednesday, to thank those people. He said he looks forward to improving communication between all Webb County departments.

"It's just the leadership. I keep bringing that up. Because, first of all, I'm just worried about the safety. I'm worried about the liability that's hanging over our head with a lot of the stuff that is going on."

There's been a lot of controversy around Webb County. Most recently, the county deciding to split with the city when it comes to health services; That concerns Tano Tijerina.

"That's a big liability and more than anything, we shouldn't be playing Russian roulette with the lives of our community. Absolutely not, I will not allow that to happen."

When he takes office, in January, Tijerina hopes to rebuild that relationship with the city of Laredo. Another issue facing the county is an almost $60,000 fine. The fine was levied by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, for poor water quality in Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.

"I just thought it was a lack of leadership and it should have never happened. I thought they should have been a little bit more vigilant on the water plant. Rio Bravo and El Cenizo, we are not in a third world county. We are in the United States of America and we are in Webb County and we should be proud of where we live and where we are out. And that should have never happened."

Tijerina lost the county judge's race, to Danny Valdez, by a narrow margin in 2010. He said he will not take his win for granted.

"I want to be the eyes for the person who can't see. I want to be the ear's for the people who can't hear. I want to be the legs for the person who can't walk. And I want to be the voice for the person that can't talk. And that's who I want to be as your next county judge."

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