POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 7:26am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:44pm
El Paso — The unofficial numbers are in for all of the local races and after almost 2 decades, El Paso County residents will have a new face representing them in Congress for District 16.
Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat candidate, took almost 66 percent of the vote with Republican candidate Barbara Carrasco securing almost 33 percent. Liberterian candidate Junart Sodoy securing more than 1.5%.
Even though O'Rourke won by a huge margin, he has an even larger task to undertake as he prepares himself for the congressional seat.
The native El Pasoan says he wants to tackle pressing issues integral to the Sun City including immigration reform. Despite the tasks that in front of the new Congressman, he says he's ready to move in a progressive direction, "I think all those people then went out and voted today, and decided that El Paso needed to go in a direction of progress; that we needed to have an expectation of greatness for ourselves; and we need someone in Congress who reflects those values, and is willing to work his tail off to get the job done. And so I think that's what El Paso said," Beto O'Rourke told KTSM.
O'Rourke will take his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in January.