Heated debate at Burges H.S. candidate forum
POSTED: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:40am
(El Paso) KTSM — El Paso residents will elect local leaders in a few weeks and as the time nears candidates are trying to convince voters. On Saturday morning candidates for El Paso County Judge, State Representatives, County Commissioner and County Clerk spoke about their ideas and plans if elected.
Dozens of residents and students attended today's forum to hear the debated discussion about taxes, government policy and preventing corruption.
The debate became heated between County Commissioner Sergio Lewis and candidate David Stout. The former Univision television reporter said Lewis is not representing his constituents properly and accused him of ineffective leadership when Lewis served as an EPISD board member.
"We have a commissioner that doesn't show up to work, people have to realize that we have a commissioner that doesn't know his constituents and does not know the issues," Stout said.
Lewis responded and said Stout did not investigate his accomplishments and voting record. He highlighted his vote against the hiring of former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia.
"I have an opponent that has not even lived here 3 years and he's coming now with negative attacks but has no substance on how he's going to run county government if elected, my campaign is about the issues not agendas." County Commissioner Sergio Lewis said.
County Judge candidates were also part of a discussion. Judge Veronica Escobar and Aliana Apodaca shared their different views about taxation.
"People can't live with the current taxes that we have so there's two remedies, I believe one we have to minimize our expenses also we need to also take a look at how do we bring more business coming to town," Apodaca said.
"We're actually less in debt today than we were 10 years ago, and there's a one cent tax difference from when I first started to today, it's like balancing your check book but only looking at two weeks instead of the whole month." Judge Escobar responded.
County Judge candidate Eddie Holguin did not attend the forum but said his commitment is with the voters and tax payers.
"The forum that was held today was organized by someone who's actively supporting one of the candidates so I felt that the forum was a little biased, people have to elect politicians that actually listen to the constituency and I have a wonderful record as opposed to Judge Escobar who all she ever wants to do, her only accomplishment is to raise taxes," Holguin said.
Early voting will begin on February 18th while the primary election will be held on March 14th.