Texas Democratic candidates lining up for primary

Texas Democratic candidates lining up for primary

By Aaron Montes

A shot at history and a ticket to Washington, D.C., is at stake in the race for the U.S. House seat Beto O’Rourke is giving up to run for the Senate.

The field of Democratic congressional candidates stands at four for now and includes three women, two of whom come with high profiles and experience.

El Paso has never elected a woman to represent the 16th Congressional District. Nor has the state been represented by a Latina in Congress.

County Judge Veronica Escobar and former El Paso Independent School District board president Dori Fenenbock headline the field.

“I think that’s an incredible trend we are seeing nationwide, not just locally,” said Illiana Holguin, the county Democratic Party chair. “I think seeing more women jump into politics will help government be more representative of our community.”

Holguin said the March 2018 Democratic primary is already shaping up to be a historic one, and El Pasoans can expect to see more candidates step up to the plate before the filing period closes in December.

Escobar remains county judge until the Commissioner’s Court selects her replacement.

Fenenbock resigned from her position on the EPISD board on Aug. 25 and said she did so to alleviate any concerns about her using the position to propel her candidacy.

Also running are immigration attorney Enrique Garcia and high school government teacher Nicole LeClair.

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