DECISION 2012: Races We're Watching
POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 1:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:23pm
EL PASO — TEXAS
Ted Cruz - Republican
Home: Houston, TX
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Cuban immigrant parents. A Harvard law graduate, Tea-Party favorite Cruz has served as a law professor at the Univ. of Texas, the former Texas Solicitor General, and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist. Cruz is married to Heidi Cruz, and has two daughters.
Paul Sadler - Democrat
Home: Henderson, TX
Sadler was born in Freer, TX and is a graduate of Baylor University. Until this year, he served as the Executive Director of the Wind Coalition and served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991-2003. He’s considered a moderate.
U.S. Representative, District 16
Beto O’Rourke - Democrat
Home: El Paso, TX
O’Rourke is a native El Pasoan , who attended Carlos Rivera and Mesita elementary schools, as well as El Paso High. He went on to graduate from Columbia University. He started Stanton Street Technology, an internet services and software company. He served on the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011. O’Rourke is married to Amy Sanders, and they have three children.
VETERAN’S AFFAIRS: Wants full-service VA hospital for vets and wants to re-grass Ft. Bliss National Cemetery
DRUG WAR: Believes the “Drug War” is not working, and is considering an end to the prohibition of cannabis as part of a comprehensive solution.
INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES: Wants to up staffing at international bridges to improve bridge wait times for consumer and commercial traffic.
Barbara Carrasco - Republican
Home: El Paso, TX
Carrasco was raised in Grants, New Mexico, and is a 21-year resident of El Paso. She graduated from New Mexico State University, and owns a freight brokerage business in El Paso. She has been married for 41 years, has two children, and one grandchild.
VETERAN’S AFFAIRS: Also wants brand new, full-service VA hospital so vets do not have to travel outside of El Paso for treatment.
DRUG WAR: Believes Mexico’s enforcement is working, and points to the return of businesses to the country as proof. Believes U.S. should continue to support Mexico’s law enforcement.
INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES: Believes U.S. needs to consider a public/private partnership with entities like local governments and private companies to work the International ports of entry.
U.S. Representative, District 23
Francisco Canseco – Republican
“Quico” Canseco was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Born and raised in Laredo, TX, and is a first generation American. The incumbent snagged this seat in 2010 from five-term Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) to become one of five new Hispanic Republicans elected in the House last cycle.
Pete Gallego - Democrat
Gallego was born in Alpine, Texas and graduated from Sul Ross State University. He has been serving in the Texas House of Representatives since 1990. Cook Political Report is calling this match-up a toss-up.
Texas State Senator, District 29
Jose Rodriguez – Democrat
Rodriguez was born in Alice, Texas, the son of migrant workers. He received his law degree from the National Law Center in Washington, D.C. and has lived in El Paso since 1983. The former El Paso County Attorney, Rodriguez was elected to the State Senator seat in 2010, replacing retiring Sen. Eliot Shapleigh.
Dan Chavez – Republican
Chavez is a native El Pasoan who attended Cedar Grove Elementary and Riverside High School. He has a Masters in Business Administration, Global Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a business owner in El Paso for 24 years, in the home textiles industry.
Texas State Representative, District 78
Dee Margo – Republican
Margo has been an El Paso resident for more than 30 years, and is currently the incumbent. He attended Vanderbilt University and received a bachelor’s in history and economics. He’s currently CEO of John D. Williams Company, an insurance company in El Paso. He took the seat from his opponent, Joe Moody. This is the third time the pair will face off.
Joe Moody – Democrat
Moody was born and raised in El Paso, whose father is the current District Judge William Moody. He graduated from New Mexico State University and received his law degree from the Texas Tech School of Law. He was an assistant district attorney before he was elected as State Rep. in 2008. He lost his seat to now-incumbent, Dee Margo, in 2010.
If you vote FOR Quality of Life Proposition 1, it will result in the following:
• New parks as well as park improvements like shade canopies, play structures, field lights, and new landscaping
• Multiple new soccer fields, including a championship tournament field
• The creation of new walking and biking trails, trail heads, and parking
• Upgrades and expansion to current senior centers
• Construction of a new, indoor competition pool facility, including a 50-meter pool, and major improvements to existing community pools
• This proposal will also generate improvements to our Zoo, including an African Wildlife Theatre, a new Aquatic Exhibit, and a new Chihuahua Desert Experience
If you vote FOR Quality of Life Proposition 2, it will result in the following:
• Significant upgrades to our libraries, including the main library and the regional facilities. It will also mean upgrades to our Bookmobiles, Techmobile, Express Libraries, and acquisition of new library materials
• Enhancements to our museums, and the construction of a new Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum will feature both indoor and outdoor spaces, with 30,000 sq. feet of hands-on interactive exhibits and physically engaging facilities like climbing walls and structures
• The installation of a “Touch City” interactive 3-D Digital Wall in our History Museum – the first wall of its kind in the United States
• A new Hispanic Cultural Center, highlighting our demographic makeup and the heritage and history of El Paso del Norte
• A new multi-purpose performing arts and entertainment facility – an enclosed, modern facility that can accommodate large-venue concerts and other events that we cannot currently handle here, such as NCAA regional basketball tournaments, major concerts, and theatrical shows.
If you vote FOR Proposition 3, it will result in the following:
• Your property taxes will not pay for the new ballpark construction
• Visitors to El Paso will pay for the majority of the new ballpark (a portion of the construction would be paid by other revenue sources)
• AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS, TO DESIGNATE THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM PROJECT AS A SPORTS AND COMMUNITY VENUE PROJECT WITHIN THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW AND TO IMPOSE A TAX ON THE OCCUPANCY OF A ROOM IN A HOTEL LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, AT THE MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR SUCH ROOM, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING SUCH VENUE PROJECT
MARTIN T. HEINRICH (DEMOCRAT)
HEATHER A. WILSON (REPUBLICAN)
JOHN ROSS BARR
* Another Democratic Senate retirement, another open seat opportunity. This time it’s six-term senator and Democratic Party veteran Jeff Bingaman quitting the stage, setting up a battle between former Rep. Heather Wilson, the GOP nominee, and Martin Heinrich, who replaced Wilson after she vacated her seat to run for the Senate in 2008, only to lose in her party’s primary.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 36
MARY JANE GARCIA (DEMOCRAT)
Lee S. Cotter(REPUBLICAN)
* Mary Jane Garcia has been a Democratic state senator for 23 years and in her bid for a seventh term in the Roundhouse, she has a 3-to-1 edge in campaign contributions on her Republican rival, Lee Cotter. But charges of campaign finance violations and a $1,200 fine may jeopardize her chances of winning a seventh term.
On Oct. 17, the Secretary of State’s office levied the fine, citing 12 separate violations of the state’s Campaign Reporting Act after a review indicated Sen. Garcia double-dipped by paying herself in campaign cash for travel expenses for which she was also reimbursed by the state.
An investigation by the New Mexico Watchdog first reported Garcia’s questionable campaign reports and Cotter’s campaign treasurer filed a formal complaint with the Secretary of State’s office earlier this month.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 31
JOSEPH CERVANTES (DEMOCRAT)
BRETT C. PRESTON (REPUBLICAN)
* For the first time since 1992, Cynthia Nava will not be running for the state Senate this year in District 31.
That has opened the door for Joseph Cervantes, a Democrat, who has given up his House seat to run for the Senate, and Brett Preston, a Republican, who is making his first run for elected office.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 37
WILLIAM P. SOULES (DEMOCRAT)
CATHEY JO ALBERSON (REPUBLICAN)
* Democrat William P. Soules and Republican Cathey Jo Alberson are vying for the Senate District 37 seat that is being vacated by Steve Fischmann this year after he completed his first term in office.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 38
MARY KAY PAPEN (DEMOCRAT)
NEAL L. HOOKS (REPUBLICAN)
DISTRICT ATTORNEY JUDICIAL DISTRICT
MARK D’ANTONIO (DEMOCRAT)
AMY L. ORLANDO (REPUBLICAN)
* When Susana Martinez was elected governor two years ago, she turned to her chief assistant in the District Attorney's Office, Amy Orlando, to take over those duties.
Orlando, a Republican, is now running for election for the first time. Challenger Mark D'Antonio is a former federal prosecutor working out of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Cruces. Before that, he had served as an FBI agent, attorney/adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice and was an attorney in the Air Force. He has been in private practice for the past few years. The race recently got heated when D’Antonio claimed Orlando was breaking campaign laws, while Orlando asked D’Antonio to pull a mailer he sent out, claiming it was outing an undercover cop, D’Antonio’s campaign denied the allegation.
BOND QUESTION C
THE 2012 CAPITAL PROJECTS GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND ACT AUTHORIZES THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND SPECIAL
SCHOOLS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND ACQUISITION BONDS. SHALL THE STATE BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN
AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED ONE HUNDRED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS ($120,000,000) TO MAKE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR CERTAIN HIGHER
EDUCATION AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND ACQUISITIONS AND PROVIDE FOR A GENERAL PROPERTY TAX IMPOSITION AND
LEVY FOR THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL OF, INTEREST ON AND EXPENSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF THE BONDS AND THE
COLLECTION OF THE TAX AS PERMITTED BY LAW?
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