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Temple resident to run against Judy Morales in special election

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With the June 4 deadline looming, a Temple resident has filed to run against embattled former Mayor Pro-Tem Judy Morales in the upcoming special election.

After resigning last month, Morales re-filed for her District 2 council seat, forcing the city to hold a special election. The election will cost the city between $8,000 and $10,000 to pay for the ballots, voting machines, supplies needed for early voting and election day staff.

Morales was running unopposed before Tuesday but will now have competition.

The city of Temple has been battling with Morales for months after she pled guilty to destroying public documents and stepped down from office.

Long time Temple resident Cynthia Arriaga filed with the city Tuesday to run against Morales.

The city council candidate says it's nothing personal; she's doing this for her district and the city.

"It’s not necessarily running against Judy Morales herself,” says Arriaga. “There's been a lot of controversy surrounding district two and there's been a lot of division within the city and I hope to try to eliminate the controversy and bring the city back together again."

Arriaga says she actually agrees with some of the things Morales has been doing, like her efforts to revitalize East Temple and bring in businesses to district two. She says, if she's elected, it won't just be about her district it will be about moving forward and making the city better than before.  

Whether Morales' supporters can rally to re-elect her or residents decide to go in a different direction, they'll have the chance to choose. The Temple special election will be held July 19, 2014.

Arriaga says she is currently planning an official campaign kickoff party and hopes to start fundraising soon.
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