Retiring Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal “exemplifies the spirit of a true Texan and statesman” according to a certificate honoring the judge which was presented to him last week.

U.S Sen. John Cornyn gave Neal a flag that has flown over the nation’s capitol during a meeting with city and county officials.

The certificate that came with the flag said it was presented to Neal in recognition of his decades of public and military service.

“His devoted service to Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, and our nation exemplifies the spirit of a true Texan and statesman,” the certificate reads.

Neal served 30 years active duty in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves before retiring as a colonel. He served as Mayor of Corpus Christi before being elected county judge in 2006. And along the way he developed a reputation as a hard-working, honest public servant who cares about the people he serves.

Cornyn was in Corpus Christi last week meeting with local leaders like Neal and Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb about issues facing the city and county that involve the federal government.


A number of our regular readers have asked us who we believe would best serve Corpus Christi in the November 6 general election.  After much consideration here are our endorsements in the race to elect leaders for the next two years on our city issues.


Joe McComb

Joe McComb

Joe McComb

There is no other candidate more qualified to be mayor of Corpus Christi than incumbent Mayor Joe McComb. McComb has a long history of civic and public service that stretches back decades and has provided a steady hand in times of trouble such as Hurricane Harvey and issues with the city’s water system. At a time when there is a call for voters to select younger candidates, Joe McComb should be everyone’s exception because he brings a balanced view to council decisions that come only with a historical perspective on our city and what it needs.

There are four other candidates in the race: Michael Hall, Aislynn Campbell, Ray Madrigal de Pancho Villa and Dan McQueen. None of them bring the experience or qualifications to the job necessary to guide our city over the next two years.