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District 4 Candidates Grabbing Last-Minute Votes

POSTED: Friday, June 5, 2009 - 6:57am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

EL PASO--- It's down to two days before Northeast El Paso elects its city council reps, and the run-off candidates are making last-ditch efforts to get voters on their side.

The old-fashioned way, Carl Robinson went going door-to-door reaching out to voters in the Northeast.

"No, I don't think I've done everything I need to do to get the vote. There's still work to be done. There's still an opportunity to knock on doors," he said.

Meanwhile, Melina Castro headed to the airwaves to win last minute support.

"A lot of people say, 'Oh well, you're always saying no to things.' But, I mean, do they really understand the reasons I'm saying no?" she said on Barbara Perez' program at KHRO 1150 A.M.

In May, 75 percent of those who voted said "no" to her, going back to the council.
That forced her in to a runoff to keep her seat.
We asked about one of the issues swirling around her district: gangs.

"There's gangs all over el paso, not just northeast el paso. That's been a huge misconception. Northeast is not the most dangerous place to live."
" If you don't see it, you say, there's no gangs. I see it, I know that they are, we have several gangs that are here in Northeast El Paso."

As for Robinson, he's been a no-show at recent city council meetings, leaving some to question whether he's really interested in what's happening.

"Yes the last two weeks I have not, because I have a campaign to run. And I don't have a staff to run my campaign. I'm my own campaign manager," he said, pointing to his lack of funding.

"I think I have proven myself," said Castro on the radio program. "As for my opponent, I still think he has to prove himself."

Both candidates said they're not stopping until polls close Saturday, saying each and every vote counts.
Especially, in poorly attended runoff races.

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