POSTED: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:23pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 10:37pm
With early voting underway and a massive state budget deficit to work with, incumbent Joe Moody and challenger Dee Margo are head-to-head in the State Representative race of District 78.
The main issue at stake in this race seems to be the economy and the amount of money cut from El Paso's programs could depend on your vote.
"We're looking at what could be a $25 billion budget deficit," said Joe Moody.
"Some of those decisions in Austin can have a detrimental effect on El Paso," said Dee Margo.
These two candidates are competing for your vote. They may not agree on much, but they do agree that jobs and the economy are the issues that voters are most concerned with.
"You hear about jobs and the economy, you hear about safety and security, and you hear about opportunity," Moody said. He has been in office for 2 years. Born and raised in El Paso, he wants to focus on the growth of Fort Bliss, the research at UTEP, and the added jobs at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He also wants to focus on what gives the Sun City its name.
"Solar energy and renewable energy as an economic driver for the region," Moody said.
On the other side of the coin is Dee Margo. Born in Oklahoma City, he is now the chairman of JDW Insurance. He wants to use his business savvy to bring more jobs to the borderland.
"I want to be in the position as a business person to be able to go in and make sure that El Paso doesn't take the short end of the stick," Margo said.
He says he was integrally involved with the expansion of Fort Bliss. All five state representatives right now are Democrat, but Margo argues that the top dogs in the Texas legislature are Republican.
"I don't think it would hurt to have one republican representing El Paso, the 5th largest city in Texas," he said.
Election day rolls around November 2nd, but in the meantime both candidates are out garnering support at early polling places.
If you would like to see the two candidates debate, an event is scheduled for this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the UTEP Cinema.