Re: [prezveepsenator] District 23 race has crowded field
- Is that your district, Greg?
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
> 09/25/2006 11:16:00 AM MDT
> District 23 race has crowded field (11:16 a.m.)
> By Ramon Bracamontes / El Paso Times
> For a year now, El Pasoan and congressional
> Rick Bolanos has been working to unseat U.S. Rep.
> Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio, in the November
> elections. Bolanos was looking forward to one-on-one
> debates after winning the Democratic nomination.
> Now, after a Supreme Court ruling ordered
> congressional district 23 redrawn, Bolanos find
> himself in an eight-man race. The election is
> I won the Democratic primary, and I've been
> campaigning for a year, said Bolanos, a native El
> Pasoan who is most famous for being one of four
> brothers who served in Vietnam together. Now,
> everyone else who was afraid of Bonilla before, has
> jumped in.
> Bonilla has been representing the San
> Basin-El Paso area for 14 years. District 23 starts
> the West Side of San Antonio and ends on El Paso's
> East Side. It spans more than 700 miles and 20
> In El Paso, the district encompasses seven precincts
> which total about 20,000 voters. However, very few
> them vote; therefore, the Congressman from this
> district has always been from San Antonio.
> Bolanos, a former teacher, is trying to change that.
> I have have been spending 90 percent of my time in
> San Antonio, he said. As we get closer to the
> election, I will spend 96 percent of my time there.
> Bolanos said the key to winning is getting those who
> support the independent governor candidates, Carole
> Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman, to vote for
> He is also working to maintain a Democratic base.
> Phil Ricks, the campaign spokesman for Bonilla, said
> the seven challengers and the redrawn district will
> not hurt Bonilla's re-election bid.
> He is excited about representing a portion of San
> Antonio where he grew up and where his mother
> Ricks said.
> In August, a federal three-judge panel redrew five
> congressional districts in Texas after a Supreme
> ruling that said a 2003 redistricting of Texas'
> congressional map created a 23rd District that
> violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting Hispanic
> voting strength.
> The redrawn district gave candidates a chance to run
> in November, even if they didn't run in the March
> primary. If none of the eight candidates gets more
> than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held
> among the top two vote-getters.
> Here are the candidates:
> August G. "Augie" Beltran, 58, Democrat from San
> Antonio. He is a business consultant.
> Rick Bolanos, 57, Democrat. He is a native El Pasoan
> who served in Vietnam and was a teacher in the El
> and Ysleta school districts.
> Henry Bonilla, 52, Republican-incumbent. He has been
> in office for 14 years. He was first elected in
> a former television news reporter he is now the
> Chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations
> Adrian DeLeon, 31, Democrat from Carrizo Springs,
> Texas. He was raised and educated in the small
> ranching town just east of Eagle Pass, Texas.
> Lukin Gilliland, 54, Democrat from San Antonio. He
> Managing Director of Aquila Capital Ventures, and a
> Director of Heart Tail Ranches, a 136-year-old
> ranch with horse, cattle, and hunting operations.
> Ciro Rodriguez, Democrat, from San Antonio. He has
> served in public office for 30 years, first as a
> school board member, then as a member of the Texas
> House of Representatives, and the United States
> of Representatives.
> Albert Uresti, 51, Democrat from San Antonio. A
> retired district chief with the San Antonio Fire
> Department and also worked as a city manager.
> Craig T. Stephens, 47, Independent from San Antonio.
> He is a retired U.S. Navy, Command Master Chief with
> more than 20 years of Military Service.
- No, but it's next to mine. I'm particularly interested as it contains
parts of El Paso as well as San Antonio, where I have family, but also
because it's such an odd situation created by all the gerrymandering
and lawsuits. I'm in District 16, represented by Silvestre Reyes,
whose only opponent this year is a Libertarian.
--- In email@example.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
> Is that your district, Greg?
- That's too bad about district 23.. kinda like the
governor's race.. the dumbest guv in the country is
probably going to get re-elected because he was so
vulnerable that he drew too many independent
candidates.. could be a good strategy but he isn't
smart enough to come up with it.
--- greg <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
> No, but it's next to mine. I'm particularly
> interested as it contains
> parts of El Paso as well as San Antonio, where I
> have family, but also
> because it's such an odd situation created by all
> the gerrymandering
> and lawsuits. I'm in District 16, represented by
> Silvestre Reyes,
> whose only opponent this year is a Libertarian.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, THOMAS
> JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
> > Is that your district, Greg?