Political upstart Rene Diaz recently came in dead last in a Republican primary for state rep for house district #78.
What a difference a few weeks makes.
Just a few short weeks later the novice ended up with more votes than the incumbent in the race for El Paso Community College Board of Trustees District #1.
There are a couple of reasons why Diaz finds himself in the position he is in right now and poised to take out the long-time incumbent. One reason is that he doesn’t have to associate himself with a political party. In his last race he ran as a Republican and didn’t have much of a profile in the Republican party which is why Dee Margo won so commandingly.
The other reason he’s in a better position now is because he hired a campaign manager. Not only a seasoned campaign manager that knows his way around the local political scene, but a Democrat to boot.
He hired Ken Sutherland.
Word on the street is that Uxer was approached to run for re-election that way he can retire and then a candidate of the majorities choosing could be selected as a replacement.
Diaz threw a wrench in the plan. He’s probably gonna win, not only because he’s a better candidate now, but because he’s got an actual campaign structure and has an experienced hand in Ken Sutherland. It allows him to be a fiscal conservative and run like a Democrat.