EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Claudia Ordaz Perez, says she will run for the Texas House District 79 seat, challenging Art Fierro.
Democrat Ordaz Perez represented House District 76, which will be removed from El Paso after new redistricting maps were adopted by the state. She made the announcement on Monday afternoon before a group of family and friends at an East Side establishment.
“It’s either representative Fierro or Ortega. And, there was absolutely no way. I would not run against representative Ortega,” Ordaz Perez said. “Because it’s just not right. Because we took a stand against something we believe in and we’re getting punished for doing just that.”
Fierro, who was elected to the seat in 2019, questioned Ordaz Perez’s decision.
“And, that’s what I find surprising about this announcement. How she doesn’t want to stay in her district and represent her people. She wants to go into someone else’s district and represent a different constituency.”
Just days ago, Governor Greg Abbott approved new political maps created during redistricting in the state. Redistricting is a reference to the process where political districts are drawn based on population and are done every 10 years after the U.S. Census Bureau conducts its survey of the population in the United States.
This year, Ordaz Perez’s House District 76, was removed from El Paso putting her home in District 77, now represented by Lina Ortega.
Ordaz Perez says she would not run against Ortega. And, said the two were being punished by Texas House Republicans were punishing them for breaking quorum during a special session held by the legislature.
Texas Democrats had gone to Washington D.C. to call for federal protections against new voter suppression laws being passed in the state.
El Paso Matters reported Ordaz Perez recently changed her voting address from an address in the Lower Valley to one on the East Side, which signaled an intention to run for a district outside of where she was living.
The East Side address is located in District 79, according to records from the Central Appraisal District.