Sheriff: Candidate for Texas Congressional District 15 arrested in Willacy County

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Officers arrested Vanessa Tijerina, the Green Party candidate for Texas Congressional District 15, on Friday afternoon, said Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence. (CBS 4 News Photo)

Officers released Green Party congressional candidate Vanessa Tijerina from the Willacy County jail on Friday night.

Tijerina — who’s running for Texas’ 15th congressional district — wouldn’t explain why officers arrested her.

“All I have to say is that this was politically motivated and I want to thank everybody for the support,” Tijerina told CBS 4 News. “We hope that everybody goes out to vote tomorrow because our votes are voices and we can’t allow things like this to keep us silent.”

CBS 4 News reporter Analise Ortiz asked Tijerina why she believed the arrest was politically motivated.

“That’s all I really want to say,” Tijerina said, declining to comment further.

CBS 4 News also asked Tijerina what, exactly, she was charged with. Tijerina declined to comment.

However, Tijerina posted a lengthy comment on Facebook:

HELLO EVERYONE. I am out of jail. I will be making a press release shortly. I was visiting my grandfather in Raymondville, when it happened. FACTS: 1. This is the 3rd time I am arrested by the same officials I refuse to stay silent about. 2. My first charges were cleared and the District Court Judge identified it was politically motivated. 3. Every time they have arrested me, they do so between 4 and 5 on a Friday, with the hope I will be in there until Monday, or Tuesday if Monday was a Holiday. 4. This is my second arrest during this election. 5. The first arrest this year was after I successfully launched a negative campaign against the District Attorney, and he lost. I was arrested two days later after I shared a political Facebook post about two corrupt officials. (One was the District Judge that signed today’s warrant).

Tijerina also accused CBS 4 News of bias against her and speculated the media might be “aligned with the forces that want me to lose my election.”

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said he couldn’t provide any information about the charge or charges against Tijerina.

Check back for updates.

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