McAllen Citizens League

Purpose: The McAllen Citizens League was formed to engage in educational and informative undertakings; more particularly to inform the citizenry of McAllen by sponsoring lectures on current affairs, including open forum discussions of civic matters, history, and other current topics as applied to problems of the day. This organization is non-sectarian and non-partisan. No candidate for public office shall be endorsed by it. Meetings: The McAllen Citizens League meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, September through May for a luncheon meeting. There are no meeting held in the month of November. In December the meeting is on different date during the month. Having lunch is optional and the public is always invited.

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Candidate Forum – January 28, 2016

The McAllen Citizens League will host the candidates for the 13th Court of Appeals, 449th State District Court and the District 36 State Representative races at their Noon Lunch meeting on Thursday January 28th. The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd Street at Pecan in McAllen.

Candidates include Justice Gregory Perkes, Leticia Hinojosa & Carlos Valdez for the Court of Appeals, Judge Jesse Contreras, Jaime Aleman and Renee Betancourt for the 449th & for State Representative, incumbent Sergio Muñoz, Jr. & Abraham Padron.

The League’s political forum format allows each candidate a 3 minute opening address with a one minute follow up/ rebuttal. After all candidates have spoken, question from League member only will be fielded.

“Due to the number of candidates participating in this forum and to allow ample time for questions, we are extending the time of this meeting to 1:30” said Christopher Julian, President of the League. “With the help of our Program Chair, Ernest Aliseda, we will have 100% participation from the candidate, Julian concluded.

The meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year.

October 22, 2015

MEDC to Address Citizens League

The McAllen Citizens League will host Keith Patridge, President/ CEO of McAllen Economic Development Corporation at its Noon Luncheon meeting on Thursday October 22 at the Salvation Army Center on North 23 Street & Pecan in McAllen. “Mr. Patridge will give us an overview of the City’s accomplishments including the highest ever local sales tax first quarter reported this year”, said Christopher Julian president of the League.

Lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year.

September 24th Meeting: Medians

Thursday September 24 NOON

Salvation Army Center 23 rd St. at Pecan

Topic: Discussion on proposed medians

on N. 10 th Street.

 

The McAllen Citizens League will hold its monthly meeting at a noon luncheon on Thursday September 24 at the Salvation Army Center on 23 rd & Pecan Street in McAllen.

 

McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year. Go to www.McAllenCitizensLeague.org for more information on the League.

Next Meeting: May 28, 2015

UTRGV to address Citizens League

Veronica Gonzales, Vice President for Governmental & Community Relations for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will address the McAllen Citizens League at their monthly Luncheon meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 28 at noon at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd street & Pecan in McAllen.

“This is the last meeting of our season,” said Christopher Julian President of the League. “We are very happy to have Ms. Gonzales give us an update on the launch of UTRGV,” Julian concluded.

The McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year. Go to www.McAllenCitizensLeague.org for more information on the League.

Next Meeting: 04/23/2015

City Commission Candidates

at McAllen Citizens League

 

McAllen, TX

The candidates for the contested seats of The McAllen City Commission will speak at The McAllen Citizens League noon meeting on Thursday April 23rd. The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd street and Pecan in McAllen.

“Although we devoted the entire February meeting to the candidates of the Special Election for the District 1 seat, we will include the run-off candidates, Debbie Aliseda and Richard Cortez, in this forum”, said Christopher Julian, President of the League.

The other candidates to speak at this meeting are District 5 incumbent John Ingram and challenger Eli Olivarez and District 6 incumbent Veronica Whitacre and challenger Eduardo De La Rosa.

The McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year. Go to www.McAllenCitizensLeague.org for more information on the League.

Next Meeting: March 26, 2015

School Bond Issue &

School Board Candidates at Citizens League

 

McAllen, TX

Dr. James Ponce, Superintendant of MISD, will speak about the proposed $297 million bond issue as well as the 9 candidates for the contested seats on the school board at the McAllen Citizens League’s noon lunch meeting on Thursday, March 26. The League meets at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd street and Pecan in McAllen.

“We have extended this meeting to 1:30 pm in order to accommodate the bond issue and all candidates”, said Christopher Julian, President of the League. “Dr. Ponce will start the meeting with a 15-20 minute presentation on the Bond Issue. Then each of the 9 candidates will have 2 minute opening comments followed by questions from League members only”, Julian explained.

Candidates speaking at this meeting include; Place 1 Marco Suarez, Enedelia “Ennie” Olivarez, Dalinda “Dolly” Gonzalez Alcantar, Maricruz Del Villar Abbott, Place 2 Conrado “Ito” Alvarado, Don Delaney, Hilda Garza DeShazo, Place 4 Erica de la Garza-Lopez, Tony Forina. Daniel Vela is uncontested for Place 5 and therefore will not speak.

McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year.

Save The Date

The League’s next meeting will be held February 26, 2015 at the Salvation Army in McAllen.  The program will host a forum for McAllen City Commission District One candidates.  Come meet the candidates and get informed prior the special election for this seat to be held April 4, 2015.

Next Meeting – 1-22-2015

Hidalgo County Sheriff to address Citizens League 

E. “Eddie” Guerra, Hidalgo County Sheriff will be the guest speaker at the McAllen Citizens League’s Noon Luncheon on Thursday January 22 at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd Street & Pecan in McAllen.

Sheriff Guerra will give an overview of the state of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department. “This is our first monthly meeting of the year” said Christopher Julian, President of the League. “In light of the recent corruption within the department, this is a very important topic”, Julian concluded.

Guerra was elected into office in November 2014 after being appointed by the Commissioner’s Court to serve as interim Sheriff since April 2014. Guerra has 20 years of law enforcement experience.

The McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year. Go to www.McAllenCitizensLeague.org for more information on the League.