El Pasoans React to Change After Elections


POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:44am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:00pm

There's change in the air for El Pasoans.

Congressman Silvestre Reyes lost the race that would have put him in office for a 9th term after being undefeated for 16 years.

"I'm kind of saddened by that, a lot of experience a lot of talent that we're losing, but maybe some new things can be brought in as well," Stephanie Gavin said.

While some El Pasoans say they look forward to the change, it's hard to let go of the past.

"We needed somebody new, we needed a fresh face and of course that's what we got someone younger, smarter, fresh meat you could say. So, I'm glad there was a change but I hate to see Silvestre go," Rick Orozco said.

Even though O'Rourke won the election by nearly 3,000 votes, it still came down to the wire for a run-off election. It being decided by less than one percentage point.

Gavin says says if more people would have voted, maybe the outcome could have been different.

"It's not even a landslide, from this smidgen amount I'm hoping everyone else will take a look at this and really get involved," Gavin said.

But, some say it just takes time to adjust to change.

"Just like when we got Obama not everybody was happy, but we got more happy people than there were unhappy people," Orozco said.

The race isn't over yet. Beto O'Rourke will face Republican Candidate Barbara Carrasco on November 6th.

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