County Judge candidates Aliana Apodaca, top left, and incumbent Veronica Escobar answer questions from a moderator as Burges High School as students hold time cards in front of them at a political debate Saturday at Burges. County judge candidate Eddie Holguin chose to not attend the debate. (Rudy Gutierrez / El Paso Times)
While the race for county judge features three candidates, a political expert forecasts the March 4 Democratic primary will end up in a runoff election between incumbent Veronica Escobar and political newcomer Aliana Apodaca.
City Rep. Eddie Holguin is also seeking to oust Escobar.
There are no Republican candidates competing for the seat.
Gregory Rocha, political science professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, said despite Holguin’s name recognition, his latest campaign finance report did not favor him. And although campaign contributions don’t necessarily dictate the winner, money helps candidates promote themselves, he said.
On Jan. 15, Escobar and Apodaca reported more than $60,000 in donations each. Holguin’s campaign finance report shows he has collected about $7,300.
At six weeks away from the election, Holguin has to take the race seriously and work hard to catch up and win, Rocha said.
Holguin, who has served as an El Paso city representative for about nine years, was the last candidate to announce his candidacy in December.
Holguin said Rocha’s prediction is good news to him.
“Dr. Rocha gets almost everything wrong 100 percent of the time,” Holguin said.
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