Former, current State Rep., and Army Veteran vying for District 76 seat
POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:20pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Wednesday marked the second day of early voting for the upcoming primary election and three democrats are vying for your vote in the district 76 race.
Former State Rep. Norma Chavez is hoping to get her seat back from current Rep Naomi Gonzalez. And both women are also facing off against Army veteran Cesar Blanco.
"We need to create high paying jobs in El Paso, improve our health care systems here in El Paso, improve education. So I'm running for those reasons,” Cesar Blanco said.
"I want to continue to restore the funding that we were able to do this session to state public schools,” State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, [D] District 76 of El Paso told us.
"A coalition of individuals groups and organizations asked me to run last Spring, they said I was an effective leader and that my leadership was missed at the Texas Capital,” candidate Norma Chavez said.
"We need to continue to expand on the Medical center of the Americas. We need to prepare our students for higher skilled, higher wages here in El Paso. So at the State Legislature I plan to work on that,” Blanco explained.
"I bring unity to the delegation, I bring a strong work ethic, and I want to continue to, you know, just continue to work with that,” Gonzalez said.
"I bring seniority for District 76 and opportunity. I will be one of the top 25 members in the Texas House of Representatives and probably in the top 40 in the entire Texas legislature,” Chavez told us.
"I've got more legislative experience than the current representative. I've got over ten years of legislative experience,” Blanco said.
"it's also ton continue to work on projects South of I-10. As you know, for many years we've been trying to get gaming paths. But it's also to continue to work on innovative ways to help bring business South of I-10," Gonzalez told us.
"Filing a local bill that would allow the voters the opportunity to vote on an issue if the city or county of El Paso decided to fund a public project using public dollars,” Chavez said.
Early voting ends February 28. Election Day is March 4.