Community continues to mourn Cascos – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Staff Writer

The community is mourning the loss of Carlos Cascos, former Cameron County Judge and Texas Secretary of State, who passed away at the age of 71. Cascos died from cardiac arrest following a car accident on South Padre Island, related to ongoing health issues. Despite emergency responders’ efforts, including chest compressions and swift transport to Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, he was pronounced by Justice of the Peace Linda Salazar Wednesday night, Jun. 26, 2024, at 9:15 p.m.

Cascos’ career was marked by his ability to bridge political divides, earning respect from both sides of the aisle. Known for his pragmatic approach and fiscal responsibility, he sometimes faced disagreements with fellow politicians but maintained strong professional relationships. One of his significant achievements was the creation of a bi-national master plan with the city of Matamoros, highlighting his focus on public service over political considerations.

In the wake of his death, several tributes have been issued. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez highlighted Cascos’ commitment to public service and stated, “Carlos embodied public service and served faithfully not only the people of Cameron County but the Rio Grande Valley and the State of Texas as well.”
Trey Mendez, former Brownsville mayor, stated, “It was heartbreaking to hear about the tragic passing of Carlos Cascos last night. Carlos was not only a friend, but he was my accountant and next-door neighbor of 15 years. Carlos will forever be remembered as an honorable and well-respected leader, serving as County Commissioner, County Judge and Secretary of State. Carlos was always willing to give advice and was a strong supporter. When I was re-elected to the Board at Texas Southmost College, Carlos swore me in. A great life cut short. I will always remember the conversations outside our garages, the great times at his home and his old Ford Bronco. Condolences to his wife, Candy, his wonderful daughters, Andrea and Cassandra, and his sister, Gloria.”

As the community continues to mourn the loss of Cascos, his legacy of dedicated public service and commitment to the people of the Rio Grande Valley remains a source of remembrance.


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