Getsemani Yanez felt it necessary to respond to Rep Byrd, so here is what he sent me:
It is unfortunate that Representative Byrd has chosen to attack my candidacy due to differences in political opinion. The facts still stand; Representative Byrd appointed me to City boards on three separate occasions. I admittedly missed a significant amount of meetings this past year due to conflicting schedules with my company’s client needs and my Master’s courses at UTEP – a major reason for having resigned. However, I have not been removed from any civic organization; that is a lie. In regards to her statement suggesting I padded my resume, I can only thank her for tapping me for these positions. The knowledge and understanding I gained, thanks to her appointments, has given me a better understanding of the needs that exist in our community.
While I respect Representative Byrd immensely, she should focus on her constituency instead of my candidacy. The Fort Blvd. Business Association has, in the past year and a half, requested help with City issues to which we have not received a single response.
I hope she is able to put our differences aside for the benefit of the community we both love.
El Paso City Council, District 2