EDINBURG – The Edinburg City Council Chambers was standing room only as former city councilman Richard Molina took his oath of office to become the 22nd mayor of Edinburg.

Molina quipped after taking his oath that the positive thing about being in politics is finding out who your real friends are, unfortunately that is negative thing about politics.

“Today is about Edinburg,” Molina began with his first speech as mayor. “It is not about who the mayor is, not about who the council members are, today is about the people who have spoken and taken action about change.”

Change came quickly as the city council approved to remove the mayor from the economic development corporation board, appoint new board members and also voted council member David Torres to Mayor Pro-Tem.

Councilman Gilbert Enriquez, Edinburg school trustee Mike Farias, former Brownsville superintendent Noe Sauceda, mortgage banker Julio Carranza and engineer Isael Posada were all appointed to the Edinburg EDC board.

This election, often times heated brought a record number of voters to the polls. More voters casted a ballot in this election than any other city in Hidalgo County.

“That was you speaking out,” the Mayor said. “That was you wanting something better.”

The mayor said the council will tackle the issues that matter to the citizens including better streets, better lighting in neighborhoods, fixing the drainage problems throughout town and build parks for all children and families to enjoy.

New council members Gilbert Enriquez and Jorge “Coach” Salinas also took their oaths of office.