Meet the candidates at Saturday’s forum in Presidio

Meet the candidates at Saturday’s forum in Presidio

PRESIDIO –– Want to hear directly from candidates on their priorities for the county? Make plans to attend the Presidio County Candidates Forum, sponsored by The Big Bend Sentinel, on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Presidio Senior Citizens Center, 1400 O’Reilly in Presidio.

Trey Gerfers, Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District manager, will moderate the forum. All candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic Primary for county races. Since no local Republican candidates are on the ballot for that primary, it’s likely that winners of the Democratic Primary will be elected in the November General Election. Candidates must achieve at least 50% of the vote in the primary to avoid a runoff with any second-place finishers. 

“Presidio County is entering a new era with tremendous opportunities for funding and infrastructure,” Gerfers said. “It is vital that we have the best possible public officials at the county level at this time. The candidates forum will provide voters with the information they need to make these important choices.”

Invited candidates include: Rafael Bentley Acosta (Constable Precinct 2), Tiburcio “Butch” Acosta (Commissioner Precinct 3), Nancy Valdez Arevalo (Tax Assessor-Collector), Ruben Armendariz, Jr. (Commissioner Precinct 1), Jose Luis Cabezuela (Commissioner Precinct 3), Adan “Pug” Covos Jr. (Constable Precinct 2), Danny Dominguez (Sheriff), Deirdre E. Hisler (Commissioner Precinct 1), Estevan “Steve” Marquez (Constable Precinct 1), Francisco “Franky” Ortiz (Commissioner Precinct 3), Blair Park (County Attorney), Rod Ponton (County Attorney), Ramon Rodriguez (Democratic Chair), Irma Carrasco Sanchez (Commissioner Precinct 3), Samuel Sanchez Spencer (Commissioner Precinct 1), Norma Valenzuela (Tax Assessor-Collector). Constable candidates will not participate in questions and answers.

Early voting begins on Tuesday, February 20, and ends on Friday, March 1, for the Tuesday, March 5 primaries. State and national candidates will also be on the ballot for both parties. Voters may cast their ballots in only one party’s primary. Sample ballots are available on the Elections page of the county website at Voter registration ended February 5, but registered voters should be prepared to have an acceptable form of identification when headed to the polls. You can find a list of acceptable identification at

See article on page 3 of this issue of The Sentinel for responses from county attorney and tax assessor-collector candidates to our questionnaire and check back next week for county commissioner and constable candidate responses.

Be sure to check The Sentinel Facebook page at for updates and news on the candidate forum.