The city of Edcouch canceled a kickball tournament Saturday, apparently concerned the organizers had political motivations.
Robert Gutierrez and Joel Segura — candidates for the Edcouch City Commission who organized the tournament — said the kickball tournament wasn’t a political event.
“So everybody can get together. Everybody can unite and have fun. That was the whole point of this thing: was to have fun and for everybody to get to know each other,” Segura said.
They arrived at the Edcouch Municipal Park at 7 a.m. Saturday to find the gate locked. Officers told them police Chief Eloy Cardenas had canceled the event.
Edcouch police Chief Eloy Cardenas said he canceled the kickball tournament after reviewing a flier promoting the event.
According to the flier, the event is hosted by “commissioner candidates Joel Segura and Robert Gutierrez.”
City policy doesn’t allow people to rent city parks for political events, Cardenas said.
“This is what makes it against our policy,” Cardenas said. “This is what makes it political.”
Gutierrez and Segura said they didn’t intend the event to be political.
“Had it been just a regular tournament, like we’ve had on many occasions, it would have gone on,” Cardenas said. “But unfortunately, as the bottom stated, it said ‘hosted by these political candidates.’ That’s what made it not possible.”
The city refunded the rental fee. Gutierrez and Segura moved the event to Elsa.