Cameron Co. DA pushes for removal of Brownsville mayor

BROWNSVILLE, TX In a statement to The Brownsville Herald, District Attorney Armando Villalobos says his office has been looking into Ahumada's removal since the mayor's May 11 arrest.

Ahumada deferred comment to his attorney, Star Jones, who declined to comment on the prosecutor's statement.

The driving-while-intoxicated charge is the third to be filed against the mayor since 1987. One led to a misdemeanor conviction while the other was dropped.

Despite the prosecutor's statement, Villalobos may lack the authority to remove Ahumada from office. According to The Herald, Brownsville's city charter requires a recall election to remove a member of the city commission. That would include the mayor.

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