Tuesday, November 13, 2018

D6: Ordaz-Perez Gets Mandate from Voters

The District 6 race was the most solid win for a candidate in El Paso County not named Beto O'Rourke of this election cycle. Its also arguably the most solid win of any municipal candidate going back quite awhile.

Well, other than Claudia Ordaz-Perez's last election in which she also got 72% of the vote.

Ordaz-Perez, for which I am just going to abbreviate it as COP at this point, earned 72% of the vote for the second time, defeating her opponent by almost 45 points. Normally you'd expect some erosion of support over time of an elected official but COP's first election netted her a voting percentage in the high 60's - which politically speaking is a major ass-whooping - and has gone up to the 70's in two subsequent election cycles. I don't know that another elected official has achieved such an accomplishment.

Actually I do know - and I can't find another that has.

COP has 18 precincts in her district - 9 north of the freeway and 9 south of the freeway. She won every single precinct convincingly. It wasn't even close in one single precinct. Even in her poorest-performing precinct her margin of victory was over 20 points.

That was the precinct she came the closest to losing. Let that set in for a minute.

There wasn't a high undervote. She wasn't the first name on the ballot. Voters went in and chose her over her opponent in shockingly high numbers.


Despite the diversity of the district, she had equally strong support in the barrio portion as well as the eastside, with the valley having slightly stronger support. 

In the 9 valley precincts she was over 70% in all of the precincts except one, in which she had 67% of the vote and had a few precincts were she was pushing near 80% of the vote.

All of that happened without COP ever hitting her opponent. Trust me, there were plenty of messages she could have leveraged against him in mail or lit in a block walk. But despite her opponent going negative on her (which he had to do by the way), she completely obliterated him in the polls. Had she educated voters about her opponent, she may have reached 80% of the vote.

Let me put that into perspective. As I've written before, a 10 point win in an election is considered a solid win. Anything more than that is pretty much a blow-out. To illustrate my point, let me just select a couple candidates in another election for comparative purposes. I'll pick someone at random, like say, oh I don't know...Jud Burgess.

Burgess took on an incumbent in a recent election as well. He took on a political wounded incumbent in Jim Tolbert. And as you can see by the results, he was trounced. Tolbert got more than double the voters Burgess did and was well out of contention for even a run-off appearance. In fact, Burgees was taken out to the woodshed and was trounced by Annello by more than 20 points.


Again, COP defeated Stoltz by almost 45 points.

By any measure, that level of support is a mandate from her constituents. COP is the only incumbent who isn't in a run-off, the only candidate in the municipal elections endorsed by the Times that actually won, she was never shy about what policies should stood for.

Policies that her constituents overwhelmingly support. Since she's the first of her colleagues that currently sit on council to win re-election during the general election cycle and did so with such overwhelming support, it makes COP that much stronger than the rest of her colleagues. She can lead on basically any issue she wants at this point because her third and final election to be on council had such strong support from all parts of her district. Thats a huge vote of confidence from her constituents.

Let me tell you a quick anecdote about election day that underscores the support she has. COP and her opponent Eric Stoltz were at Sierra Vista Elementary to end the day. That polling site hosts three precincts and they are all high-performing precincts. At the end of the evening, there were 300 people standing in line out of the door to vote. Not sure how many were inside, but there were 300 from the entrance of the door until the end of the line. Actually a few more than that, I stopped counting at 300 and that line held that way for over 90 minutes.

Stoltz had family members present with him and COP had a poll-sitter and her husband Commissioner Perez with her when I arrived at the location. COP had her poll-sitter working the line handing people lit and giving a small pitch to voters standing in line. Stoltz and Ordaz-Perez were closer to the front of the line. Essentially they each had an equal opportunity to talk to voters since the line wasn't moving very fast for so long. Stoltz would deliver his message - which was mostly negative about COP and her votes or positions on issues. Actually he mostly just lied a lot about COP's positions. Or he would tell voters that the district needed a "younger voice" on city council. That line works well when you have a huge age difference in candidates. But when the incumbent is a homeowner in her early 30's and you're in your mid 20's and still live at home with your parents, that message falls flat.

COP spoke to voters last. She introduced herself to voters and after telling them who she was asked them if they had any questions for her and told them about what she'd done and updated them on the latest developments on a lot of issues. No hard sell, no negative message against Stoltz. Just a handshake and her record.

What did Commissioner Perez do while all this was happening? He drove to a convenience store around the corner, picked up 7 cases of bottled water and he and I went down the line offering voters a bottle of water while they were waiting in that long line. No sales pitch, didn't even mention a candidate. Just thanked voters for staying in line and gave water bottles to thirsty voters and answered the occasional voting question like if they'd be able to vote if they weren't inside the polling place by 7pm and what forms of ID would be accepted etc.

The result? COP carried those precincts with over 70% of the vote by standing on her record.

Whats Next for Ordaz-Perez?

Based on her performance in this election - a strong turnout with a low undervote - she set the bar for the rest of council now that the elections will be in November. Which makes her that much stronger on council because none of her colleagues will be able to approach that level of support and they probably all know it.

For the next couple years everyone is going to be playing the Guess-What-Claudia-Gonna-Do-Next game. She's essentially viable for whatever she wants to run for locally.

Time is on her side. She's very young so she can play long-ball.

El Paso has only had a few Latino mayors and never a Latina mayor. Latina mayors of large cities are going to be the future. With at least three of the city council districts being somewhat of a mirror of District 6 along with strong support on the eastside being the fourth district she's likely have support in before she even started, you gotta figure that she might be thinking about mayor some day.

Well know the Jose Rodriguez will be retiring from the senate soon. He actually donated to Ordaz-Perez's opponent. Its doubtful she'd run for anything soon but that race is Cesar Blanco's race to lose anyway.

That would open up his house seat. Can't see anyone that lives in the area that would lock horns against COP if she wanted that seat, especially given that show of strength last week.

Hell COP could bide her time and be a strong congressional candidate whenever Escobar is done serving in congress. That would make two people in that household that are potentially strong congressional candidates.

Or...

She could just decide that she wants to raise a family and go off into the private sector.

It is really up to her what she wants to do, but everyone will be planning for her going forward.

Losers

Obviously Eric Stoltz for his abysmal performance. With a recent arrest record, and the fact that he's actually only a freshman at the school he attends, he's several years away from being viable for any office run.

Max Grossman - again. His candidate got waxed - and so Max got waxed. The district 5 and 6 outcomes were the most gacho rejections of his policies and slammed the door on the idea that Grossman is even the least bit influential. After outing himself as a conservative extremist who was anti-Beto and anti Democratic Party, he just showed himself to be a liability. His support was literally the kiss of death.

But I actually think the biggest loser in this particular race is Rep Alexsandra Annello. Aside from being the least effective member of council before this election, she is further weakened by this election result. Annello was assisting Stoltz with his campaign. She solicited support from a former city representative and even helped with things like Stoltz's logo. Hell, she even appointed him to a city commission. When you help someone against your colleague, you damn sure better make sure your candidate wins because if you don't, things are going to get pretty uncomfortable if the person you have to work with wins.

Especially when that colleague wins reelection the way COP won.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

D5 Winners & Losers

District 5 winners and losers is gonna be short and sweet.

Isabel Salcido won with a big margin despite a crowded field of candidates. Pretty easy to see that Saucedo had really strong support on the eastside. If it wasn't for D6, Saucedo would probably be the big splash story of the municipal elections this cycle.

Latina candidates all did well election night and Salcido was no exception. She trampled her opponents in early voting and maintained her lead throughout the night on election night.

The other winner in this race - Forma Group. The team at Forma have been on an epic losing streak. Seriously they make the Cowboys look like actual Super Bowl contenders. They are sort of the Raiders of political consulting but they FINALLY got a win on the board. I mean as usual all the campaign money appears to be sucked up by consulting fees, but hey in this game wins and loses matter and they finally got a win.

Salcido is another example of how voters have shown that Duranguito "issue" just doesn't matter to the electorate. Her motto was literally "continuing the vision". She was pretty clear about where she wanted things to go on council and she won by an overwhelming majority.

Losers

Shocker, its Max Grossman again. Another example of his candidate losing. Another conservative white guy who was supposed to be some defender of the barrio. I genuinely think that none of the candidates really cared too deeply about Duranguito, it was just a matter of convenience for them to take up the issue so they could access Grossman's sugar daddy money.

Kizito Ekechukwu is also a loser in this race. He placed a distant third and it proved that all the money in the world isn't going to make a recent arrest on domestic violence charges go away. But hey, he finally has a voting record now - assuming he voted for himself. Not that it matters, he's got no future in elective office.

Truth be told, the field of candidates running never had a shot. They just weren't very good candidates and Salvido didn't even lose a single precinct. If you win without even losing one precinct, its a pretty solid victory.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

County Races: Winners & Losers

The Democratic Party flipped the last two seats in El Paso County that were held by Republicans.

So in a way, the El Paso County Democratic Party were winners because it was party muscle that helped make those wins happen. For the first time in YEARS the Democratic Party was actually the machine that has been talked about. Dozens of volunteers filled HQ the last few days helping the party.

I'll be honest, there are still clicks. I got really annoyed at the click that showed up to only put out signs for Escobar and Beto, but didn't take the straight ticket signs or any of the other westside candidates' signs to put up.

But I was heartened to see some of the old school Veronica-Beto haters have come around and were actually WORKING and WORKING hard for all the Democrats. Seriously, for a vato like me who has been in the Party for a long time, no matter how much a lot of them hate my guts, it was really really really nice to see those folks all-in.

That is 100% because of the current Party leadership. El Paso County Chairwoman Iliana Holguin and Tejano Chair Eddie Holguin set the tone from the start and everyone else fell in line. So that means that this could've happened years ago but the Party had leadership that failed us. We had leadership that rather than try to get passed factionalism, they actually fanned the flames and made it worse for years.

Commissioner's Court Pct 4

Every time people sell Carl Robinson short he somehow manages to win. It was probably a decade ago when Carl Robinson defeated Melina Castro for city council. Back then I wrote about the comeback upset and ended the post by saying "Robinson Bumaye".

It was a reference to the chant for Muhammed Ali when he was fighting in a comeback to boxing and did the improbable.

This time Robinson's win is more like when George Foreman won. He's an older fighter than was counted out as a has-been and used the Geritol punch to knock out a much younger kid who didn't take him seriously.

Well, down goes Haggerty, down goes Haggerty.

The other winner in this race is Eddie Holguin and Lily Limon. The two former city representatives have teamed up to start their own consulting firm. I think they had three candidates overall and it looks like they went 2-1. Its pretty likely they'll get picked up for a run-off election.

They get extra sprinkles for pulling out all the stops on this campaign to get the win.

Losers - Max Grossman...again. This is ANOTHER campaign he was involved in where his candidate lost. Seriously Duranguito people - do you really think white Republicans like Haggerty and Grossman really give a damn about the barrio? They don't. The talk is that Grossman recruited a Democratic Party precinct chair to file an ethics complaint against Robinson in a last-ditch effort to help Haggerty. It was a spectacular failure. Grossman was apparently feeling the heat about going after Robinson like that tried to distance himself from the stunt. He said he never knew the guy, but then went on to praise him like he's known him.

Grossman has been very careful to try to kiss Robinson's ass while simultaneously trying to stab him in the back. What Grossman doesn't know is that Robinson's team sees right through what he's been doing. I called them to get comment about Grossman's tactics, him going after Robinson on social media posts while trying to kiss his ass at the same time, etc.

Their quote was, "Max who?".

Then they proceeded to laugh. Needless to say, Grossman's public ass kissing doesn't appear to have been very successful.

Another loser was former JP 5 candidate who ran as a Democrat Lucilla Najera. Turns out the alleged Democrat, and member of Tejano Democrats, was out helping Haggerty on Election Day. She's always been pretty duplicitous (she's probably googling that word right now), but she got caught trying to play both sides throughout this campaign. At one point her and her spouse were allegedly collecting signs for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, but just days later she was driving Haggerty around. She also got caught trying to play both sides of the District 6 race. I'd be shocked if she had the audacity to show up to a Tejano meeting after supporting Haggerty.

Justice of the Peace Race

Stephanie Frietze is also one of the winners. I don't even remember which JP race it is because well, I hate the westside. But Frietze flipped the seat to blue. Its been a Republican seat practically going back to when Texas was in the confederacy. She had the smallest margin of victory, but it was still a blow out win for her. "Frietze Flipped It" was the first thing I said when I saw the early voting numbers on election night.

The losers in this race were some of the Democrat lawyers I saw that were supporting the Republican candidate. I assume that had to do with personal relationships with her because it damn sure couldn't have been qualifications. Either way, I hope they learned their lesson.

Winners & Losers: District 1

Winner -

Obviously the big winner in the District 1 race was Veronica Frescas. The least-funded candidate beat out Rick Bonart who essentially self-funded his campaign. He also proved that you should never hire someone to do a job that they haven't demonstrated they have the ability to actually do.

There was probably a collective "Holy shit" exclaimed by people across the city when the numbers were published. Her performance shocked everyone and she alone deserves the credit.

This was the upset no one saw coming.

She made me look like a prophet when I wrote a couple months ago that she would surprise people, although I predicated it on her having a little money. She did it pretty much without any money and having absolutely no one to help her with her campaign but herself.

She was an army of one.

Roni was the first name on the ballot. She was the only Latina in the race. She, probably more than anyone else on the ballot, benefitted from the Beto Bump of turnout.

Losers -

Peter Svarzbein is in a run-off and whenever candidates are in run-offs they are dead meat. An incumbent in a run-off is a sign of candidate that has been rejected by voters and the anti-incumbent voters are usually the ones most likely to go back to the polls and vote out the incumbent.

Svarzbein needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and realize that there are a lot of people that don't have faith in him as a leader. He needs to realize that the run-off election is about one thing.

Its not about taxes. Its not about Duranguito. Its not about an arena, a trail, or contributions.

This run-off election is about Peter Svarzbein.

Its the reason there is a run-off and its frankly the only thing that can help him.

Svarzbein is frequently his own worst enemy. He's seen as immature, indecisive, and an unreliable vote on most issues.

Rick Bonart had name ID and a fat wallet. He blew a lot of money on David Saucedo. Seriously people look at the amount of money he spent and Saucedo's performance speaks for itself. Bonart is a good man and a good candidate. ANYONE should have been able to get Bonart into second place. Seriously, anyone. Rick Bonart is probably not going to run for another office now. Whats worse is that Grossman, true to form, didn't even wait until the body was cold before he was in Frescas' ear trying to make her his new candidate.

I don't consider Corral a loser in this scenario. He had no name ID, no base, and was outspent. By his own admission he had a team full of rookies. He performed about where you'd expect him to given those circumstances. He should have been smart enough to recruit talent to his team and it might have made him a little more competitive. But he's young and has time to run for something down the road, maybe even this seat once its open again.

Runoff

The runoff is in mid December, depending on the outcome of the D8 race. That could delay things because elections has a timeline they have to meet and since there are literally only a handful of votes that separate the two, it is still unclear as to who is going to be in the run-off.

But a run-off in this scenario is actually where Svarzbein has an advantage. Everything I said about Svarzbein being in trouble is true, but only to the extent that there is a field game in place to take advantage.

Frescas already made a huge, perhaps fatal mistake but running to Grossman's side. This election isn't about Duranguito. The voters have shown over and over its not an important issue to them. The courts have decided. Hanging on to this issue isn't going to win votes that weren't already going to anyone but Svarzbein.

Peter has the advantage in the run-off for a couple of reasons. One, since its a runoff election its a more predictable universe of voters. Peter has a ground game. He's got block walkers in place. They know who their support base is and they just have to execute their GOTV to get them back to the polls.

Frescas doesn't have any of that.

Svarzbein has money and the ability to get more of it. He needs funds to feed that field effort and it'll be there for him. The Jewish community has shown time and time again that they support Svarzbein and he'll get the financial support he needs.

Most of the good field people in town won't work with anyone associated with Grossman. He's a conservative extremist and they won't want to be anywhere near that guy, except maybe one person. IF I know that person like I think I know that person, they have or will be calling on Frescas very soon.

But they don't work for free. They will only work on that race if the price is right. Something tells me it'll happen.

Its a steep hill to climb for Frescas but it can be done.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Winners & Losers (The Series)

I normally do a winners and losers post after an election.

Since this one had so many things going on, I decided to do a series of posts.

We'll start with some broad strokes in the municipal election.

By far the biggest loser in this election cycle is Max Grossman. Grossman had a stable of candidates and they all had the same message.

And they all got their asses handed to them. Seriously Max Grossman should stick to whatever the hell it is he's good at and leave politics alone because he got a serious ass-whoopin' last night. None of his candidates that he funneled thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to from the Houston Billionaire sugar daddy performed well.

Stoltz took a major beating - and he didn't even get hit. I can't imagine how much worse it would've been had a negative campaign message been leveraged against him.

Wright is in a run-off, but that is because he's Rich Wright. Its not because of Grossman. He's smart and dynamic, that has nothing to do with Grossman. But he barely made it in. The run-off was almost Cissy and a guy in a cabbie and sunglasses who has a hard time putting a sentence together who had no campaign money. And even then, that kid had Grossman's message more than anyone else in the field!

And the biggest loss -BONART!

This is where Grossman and David Saucedo should split the title for the biggest loser. Seriously there are a lot of people that fancy themselves as consultants. I think things really got crazy when Josh Dagda lost and decided he wanted to start consulting.

All of a sudden all these people that never won a race decided they wanted to be consultants. And the most ridiculous caricature of a candidate that lost that suddenly decided to be a consultant is David Saucedo. Saucedo came out the gate with a wet-dream of a client in Rick Bonart. Bonart is well-liked, smart, a known quantity and has some decent name ID. But more importantly he had a boatload of cash and was ready to spend it.

In short, Saucedo had every advantage that most consultants would kill to have. Cash was certainly not a problem for Saucedo's first campaign venture.

And he somehow managed to lose it. He lost to a candidate that they all wrote off. Saucedo lost Bonart's race to the LEAST FUNDED candidate in the field. She had no money. She had no base. She had no field. She had no mail. She designed her own stuff and her team was essentially her and her spouse. That was Team Frescas.

And Saucedo - who has paid a TON of money - lost the race for Bonart.

Seriously, the fact that Grossman and Bonart couldn't even get Bonart into a run-off - who was their best hope at getting one of their candidates on council - is an embarrassment and proof positive that if you've never won a race, you have no business telling people how they should run their race.

Let this be a lesson. Don't hire people that can't win. You think Saucedo would be in business as a locksmith if he never opened a lock or made a key that worked? Of course not, no one would give him any business.

So why the hell do you people hire people that have never won an election? Grossman and Saucedo are by far the biggest losers this election cycle.

Honorable mentions:

The Duranguito issue. I said all along voters didn't care about it this is now the second election that they showed they don't give a damn about that so-called issue. How many times do you have to be told by the voters before you get it? Maybe now we can start working on that damn arena so we tax-payers can at least start getting our money's worth.

The El Paso Times Editorial Board - in the city races they only had one of their endorsees win. Bonart was their endorsee in D1 and he didn't make a runoff. There was no endorsee in D5 and in D8 their endorsee also failed to make the run-off. Sorry Carlos Sierra, you still suck too.

The voters. I don't know who the dumbass was that thought putting municipal races on the same cycle as a general election was a good idea but they are an idiot. Maybe they had the best of intentions but all you did was make those races more expensive and therefore campaign donations a bigger part of the equation. We are stuck with it, but its terrible.

Up next winners and losers in each of the municipal races...

Monday, November 5, 2018

Stoltz's Problem with the Truth

District 6 candidate Eric Stoltz has a big problem with the truth, and by that I mean he's not very good at telling it.

The vato flat out lies a lot.

And its been catching up with him.

Lets start with his arrest record and the term "slander". That is a legal term and its pretty specific. So Stoltz has been whining about the fact that his arrest record has become public. First of all, its 2018 and you're surprised that your arrest record came up? Come on Stoltz, you're a candidate for goodness sakes. Be a big boy and accept the fact that as a candidate you will be scrutinized.

Its not only relevant, but it is the public's business. You are asking voters to be in charge of their tax dollars and you think the fact that you have an arrest for theft isn't a big deal?

I assure you, its a big deal.

Seriously, grow up.

You think the fact that you were arrested just last year for probation violation isn't relevant?

Stoltz tries to explain away his arrest record as being his private life or as he told a D6 voter, he blames the whole 7 year situation (2010 when he was initially arrested to 2017 when he was arrested for probation violation) as everyone's fault but his own.

He was on pre-trial diversion and someone else with the EXACT SAME first and last name was arrested and that is why he was taken off of PTD and given probation, is the story he gives.

Well ask him who else has the same first and last name he does and what they were arrested for?

I'll bet he doesn't tell you.

Then he says he wasn't aware that he didn't pay all of his fines and no one informed him about it and that is why he was arrested in 2017.

Its always everyone else's fault but his. He fails to take responsibility for it.

But when an unscrupulous businessman lies to the community about what kind of business he's trying to put in our community Stoltz suddenly has a different set of rules.

So lets put aside Stoltz's whining about his arrest record for a minute.

He's also bitched about his "personal life" being used against him. I'm not exactly sure what he's talking about but near as I can figure he's talking about this pic of him bragging about "#HighTimes" and munchies, which anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows is a reference to smoking weed.



Look, I have no problem with him being a marijuano. Smoke all the weed ya want as far as I am concerned. Not my thing, but I know plenty of people who do it and function just fine in their lives.

But you're a candidate and you had this picture on your instagram - and oh by the way, you were on probation at the time. I've been on probation. I know for a fact that you're not allowed to drink or use drugs while you're on probation. You basically admit that you were violating the terms of your probation in public and I'm the bad guy?

Again, everything is everyone else's fault.

Now he's whining about the fact that the Latino community came out to support Ordaz. He posted on his Facebook that she received a bunch of donations from prominent Latino business leaders.

Let me tell you about this little hypocrite. He'd very gladly take that money if they had any faith in him. But they don't and it bothers him.

Then literally a couple of days later its revealed that 80% of his donations come from one Houston Billionaire sugar daddy that is donating to all the candidates that Max Grossman wants elected.

You think there's not an agenda here? Max Grossman is a HARD CORE Democrat-hating conservative extremist. Stoltz is as liberal as I am.

How is it you think 80% of his funding on the last report ended up with Stoltz? Because Grossman funneled that money to him. You think its because Grossman believes in his politics?

Hell no.

Its because Grossman is looking to buy a city council and Stoltz was for sale. Its just that simple.

You might be wondering about the image used in this post. Its my take on an image Stoltz is using on lit against Ordaz were he has a bunch of text behind an image of Ordaz. Problem is, there are several things on it that are just flat out untrue.

One of them says "deleted texts". He's either lying or stupid, both of which should disqualify him. Ordaz didn't delete texts, in fact she's been by far the most transparent of any member of council when it comes to text messages.

He says that Ordaz voted for a $60k+ raise for Tommy Gonzalez, but she was also the one that brought the issue back to council, and voted against it. He doesn't tell voters about that.

He implies that Ordaz diverted funds from Pavo Real to somewhere else. But the reality is that Ordaz was responsive to her community and the splash park is a project that is extremely popular and it is always packed. More kids and families get to have fun in the water and even their family pet. And oh yeah, its AT PAVO REAL.

Stoltz cares more about Duranguito and saving trails on the westside for El Paso's upper-crusters to use than he is about working-class families in the valley and eastside.

Stoltz supports a policy that would divert eastsiders' and valley tax dollars to pay for infrastructure on the westside.

Stoltz should be honest with voters about what he wants to be.

He wants to be the Westside's third city rep.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

D8 Candidate Debate on KVIA

I caught the District 8 candidate debate and I thought it was pretty interesting and inspired me to write down a few thoughts.

Click here to watch the debate. I couldn't find an embed code to display it here on my blog, but follow the link to catch the debate.

Incumbent Cissy Lizarraga didn't attend the debate so it was just the challengers. If there is a turning point that ultimately leads to a run-off, which could be a tall order as I said previously, then its possible Dylan Corbett ends up in it.

I'll admit, I'm becoming a bit of a fan of Corbett. Don't see eye-to-eye on policy with the guy on several issues, but he clearly comes across as very qualified and ready to lead. Corbett is head and shoulders above everyone else in terms of speaking and knowledge of the issues. He's a pretty gifted speaker. Again, I say that as someone who disagrees with a lot of his positions on policy, but he articulates his positions much better than his opponents.

I continue to be unimpressed with Baine. I expect a retired Colonel to be a more effective communicator and it just doesn't appear to be his strong suit.

Rich Wright didn't have as strong of a performance as I expected either, but he and Dylan were the political adults in the room. Nicholas Vaszquez just simply has no business on the stage with the rest of the candidates. I'm sure he's passionate about what he's doing and could one day become a solid candidate, but he comes across as inarticulate, ill-prepared, and I can't for the life of me understand why someone hasn't pulled him aside to tell him that he needs to take off those sunglasses and dress like an adult that wants to represent constituents.



Seriously the Chicano answer to John Lennon isn't going to win him votes on Election Day.

I can't understand why they don't want to look professional when they are on television or whenever they are trying to ask a voter for their vote. Come on vato, put on a shirt, a tie, and a coat and look like you take the job seriously.

Going back to Corbett, its clear that he understands that he has to make it into the run-off. He understand that he has to be the one to essentially prosecute the incumbent and I thought he did so effectively when it came time to ask one another a question.

Baine came across as really condescending when he posted his question to Nicholas Vazquez but I guess that's not really a big deal.

But what I think IS a big deal is the fact that Baine is a Republican. In light of Trump's latest policy moves regarding immigration, which often leave immigrants in the middle of a city for local authorities to handle, I think the candidates' position on immigration is even more important and relevant in this cycle than its every been.

In fact, I think its a priority.

Especially in a community like El Paso.

If there is a run-off in this election, it will be a much more reliable turnout. The nature of this race will change entirely. If Baine is somehow in the run-off, immigration should be one of the main issues of the debate, which isn't normal in a city council race.

But then again, neither is Trump.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Socorro Mayor Refuses to Sign Judge's Contract

Socorro Mayor Elia Garcia is apparently still fuming about the fact that the Municipal Judge in Socorro did what any decent judge worth a damn would have done - kicked a case that was full of conflict out of her court.

Really I think she's still mad that she's not the municipal judge herself anymore. If you recall, she was aiming to triple her tax-payer funded salary in the City with a Mission.

Anywho, Garcia and her partner on council Ralph Duran were trying to run a movida to get rid of the Judge that Socorro hired over Garcia. They failed and what appears to be a retaliatory move, Mayor Garcia has apparently refused to sign the contract for Judge Velarde.

She also appears to have been delaying the process which ultimately has lead to an expense to tax payers. They now have to contract with Justice of the Peace Lujan to hear cases that Judge Velarde can't or hasn't because there has been a judicial limbo due to the delay.

To bring you back up to speed, Mayor Garcia is an attorney. She's representing a constituent from Socorro, in a case involving the police department of the City of Socorro and wanted the case heard in a Socorro court.

She also apparently wants to be the JP when Judge Lujan decides to retire.

Its the most elemental example of a conflicted case. Its comical that she ever took the case in the first place and the legal community has been joking about it since they realized that it was a real scenario and not the start to a joke.

Garcia allegedly has issue with a particular term of the contract for Judge Velarde. That is the reason she's been giving for refusing to sign the contract. Problem is the identical provision is in the city attorney's contract and guess what?

Mayor Garcia signed that one.

So the only reason for not signing the contract has to be retaliatory.

People had a lot of hope for this mayor. They thought having an attorney for a mayor would've been an improvement. There's a lot of disappointment in Socorro right now.