Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A few days ago there was a story about Dr. Uxer resigning from the El Paso Community College Board of Trustees.
I read about the story on my El Paso Times app on my phone.
Interestingly this was the ad that was embedded with the story. (I told you, don't get mad at me, especially if you laughed!)
City Representatives Svarzbein, Noe, and Ordaz were in attendance. City Representative Cortney Niland was not at the event and was sworn in this morning.
I see why Mayor Leeser rarely does public events. He's a terribly awkward speaker and he looks like he hates every minute of it.
Shout out to the city protocol gurus who had a Christian invocation on the day the city was swearing in a new Jewish member of council. Talk about a d'oh!
I knew it was coming to, I was waiting for the "in Jesus' name we pray" part and there was no disappointment!
Svarzbein gave no reaction though.
The new reps all gave speeches and thanked their families.
The stand-out was Representative Ordaz and not because she was the only one who had a County Commissioner and not a judge, swear her in either. She stood out because unlike the mayor, she had acknowledged the rest of her colleagues on the stage that were in attendance, but more importantly for another reason, she's the one that sounded like a mayor.
Rep Ordaz, in addition to thanking her parents, family, and staff, laid out an actual agenda of what she wanted to accomplish in this, her first full term in office.
Ordaz is the first woman to represent District 6. She is also the first rep in God knows how long, that has actually done anything for the district and seems to actually have an idea of what she wants to do in the years to come.
Her plan focused on two major points, a home buyer incentive program to encourage people to buy homes in older established neighborhoods as a way to both control urban sprawl, manage costs, and improve economic development. Rep Ordaz highlighted the fact that the Ysleta Independent School District has the lowest tax rate in the area.
Ordaz then laid out an idea about focusing on plans to approach public transit from a regional perspective.
That is something you normally expect from a mayor and its no wonder that more and more people are seeing a future mayor in Ordaz.
Ordaz appears to be uncomfortable with that talk because she's focused on what is in front of her right now. But a mayor from the valley sure would be nice.
It would be another first. And given the fact that she has won with the highest margin of victory of anyone in a recent election, its yet another reason that talk will start to become more and more prevelant.
She does all the right things. She takes care of her district, empowers the communities to compete for more grant money to improve their infrastructure south of the freeway where that is the greatest need and beautification projects north of the freeway where that is the greatest need, while keeping an eye on the big picture for El Paso.
I had interviews with all the representatives and will post them tomorrow.
Monday, June 29, 2015
The following people will be sworn-in:
Rep-Elect Peter Svarzbein - District 1
Rep Michiel Noe - District 5
Rep Claudia Ordaz - District 6
Rep Cortney Niland - District 8
So which one of you crazy conspiracy theorists are still spreading the rumor than I'm going to work for Svarzbein?
Let me clear up those rumors. I'm not.
I'm going to work for the Mayor. I hear he's a good boy.
Here are the answers I received from each Justice of the Peace.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 (Westside)
Judge's Name: Robert Pearson
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Staff
Answer: Didn't know at first because the judge is at a conference. The staff member called me back a few minutes later and indicated that he had spoken with the judge and he will be performing the marriages and said one could be scheduled as early as Thursday this week.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 (Northeast)
Judge's Name: Brian Haggerty
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Judge Haggerty via Text
Answer: "As a judge I have taken an oath to uphold the laws of the United States and the laws of the State of Texas. If anone has the correct documents I have to conduct the ceremony."
Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 (Central)
Judge's Name: Guadalupe Aponte
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Staff
Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 (Eastside)
Judge's Name: Jesus Urenda
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Staff & Judge Urenda
Answer: "Yes I will be performing same sex marriages"
Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 (Lower Valley)
Judge's Name: John Chatman
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Judge Chatman
Answer: He referred me to the County Attorneys Office for a list of judges that were available to do those weddings and that he was waiting to hear back from her. I told her I had already heard from the CA and summarized what her opinion said, He then repeated his answer of referring me to the CA only a little louder. I told him I wanted to know what he, as an individually elected office holder would do if a gay couple wanted to get married in his court and I asked him if that was a no? He responded by saying not to put words in his mouth and repeated a referral to the county attorney's office for a third time, only louder this time.
When I followed up with county attorney and she indicated that "There is no such list. Almost all judges can preside over weddings. There was a list of judges who were available today for all weddings. The list was created for the convenience of the public so they wld not have to wander around figuring out who is on vacation, in trial etc. The list of available judges was in anticipation of increas in wedding requests today." (This took place on Friday)
Justice of the Peace Precinct 6-1 (The Valley & Horizon)
Judge's Name: Ruben Lujan
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Staff
Justice of the Peace Precinct 6-2 (Far East & Montana Vista)
Judge's Name: Enedina Serna
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Who I Spoke With: Staff
Justice of the Peace Precinct 7 (The Upper Valley & Westside)
Judge's Name: Kelly Dickson
Party Affiliation: Republican
Who I Spoke With: Staff
Answer: She is going to check with the judge. The judge is currently on the bench right now. I will update this post as soon as I get an answer.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
EL PASO COUNTY CLERK COMPLIES WITH SUPREME COURT RULING BY ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
After this morning’s Supreme Court decision to recognize the legality of marriages between people of the same sex, the El Paso County Clerk’s office immediately proceeded to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
El Paso County Clerk Delia Briones explained that for weeks her office had been working with the El Paso County’s IT Department and the County Attorney’s Office to prepare to comply with any Supreme Court ruling regarding the same-sex marriage.
“After an early morning meeting with the El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal, we reached to the conclusion that same-sex marriage was the new law of the land, and there was no need to further wait for clarification on how to proceed,” Briones said.
“When the first same-sex couple came into my office to request a marriage license at 11:48 a.m., our clerks were ready to process the paperwork and issue the marriage license as required by law. Up until 3:00 p.m. our office had processed 8 requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples,” Brionesadded.
“I had obtained authorization from Commissioners Court to pay overtime to employees if it was necessary to extend services hours today until 7:00 p.m. due to any last minute rush of applications. So far, we have had just a slight increase in workload, but it is too early to tell if we are going to remain open late tonight,” Briones concluded.
To apply for a marriage license applicants have to provide a proof of identity, comply with the age requirements, and pay an $82 fee. Once the marriage license is issued, the couple has to wait 72 hours before getting married, or request a waiver from a District Court judge. For more detailed information about the process to obtain a marriage license, please consult the El Paso County website at http://www.epcounty.com.
Individuals with particular questions can always call the County Clerk’s Vital Records department at (915) 546-2071.
Weddings is a big revenue stream for the JP's as individuals. They can charge what they want and don't have to give it to the county or even their offices for that matter. The Supreme Court just doubled their potential clientele, why on earth would the JP's say no to all that money?
Since Texas elects judges, this is now a campaign issue when they run for office. I think there is talk of a list of judges that will be available to perform gay weddings which I'm guessing is the Council of Judges rather inartful way of hiding the identities of their colleagues that won't perform the marriages out of their personal or religious convictions. But one should not assume all the names that are absent from the available list are judges that aren't willing to perform the marriages. Several judges are just too busy to perform any marriages.
Historic day today. Near the end of Gay Pride Month no less.
I spoke with the most outspoke legislator on LGBTQ issues in the state of Texas, State Representative Mary Gonzalez, on the decision. Here are some of her comments:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Anyone who lives in the valley knows that there is a big difference between the way City Rep Claudia Ordaz and her predecessor do city business.
Her predecessor was known for one thing, saying no. Sure he was able to tell taxpayers he was looking out for them but the reality is that he didn't do a good job of ensuring that those tax payers who still had to pay taxes no matter how many times Holguin voted no, were getting their fair share in tax dollars back to District 6.
One of the reasons that happened is because of neighborhood associations. In this case, lack thereof. At the time of Ordaz's election there was only one active NA. From what I gather, her predecessor didn't care much for NA's because they were a pain in the rear and because of the same fear every other elected official in the city has...that when you give someone in the community a leadership position you may actually be creating a future opponent.
The problem is that a lot of city funds for projects flow through neighborhood associations, which gives the community members maximum control over how their funds are expended. Since there were basically no NA's, the funds never really flowed down to District 6. As a result tax payers weren't getting their fair share and its why they saw projects happen in other parts of El Paso but not in the valley.
Since she was elected Ordaz's office has been holding meetings with constituents to educate them on the process and the need for the neighborhood associations to form. As a result there are now more NA's in the district and more are in the process of coming on line.
If you are ever in the valley you know that for years there is a tremendous need for better streets, sidewalks, lighting, and speed control measures. The Pueblo Viejo park residents were more concerned about getting better streets than canopies. Had Ordaz funded all 8 canopies it basically would've sucked up the funding for two years and would've been something that only a limited number of valley residents would've used.
So her amendment Tuesday made sense.
The point is, if you want something done in your community like a street improvement, lighting, or speed bumps, talk to your neighborhood association. Call the city and they can tell you which one you live in. If there isn't one in your area talk to your city rep and ask them to help you form one. Its your tax dollars so you might as well use them.
Call 3-1-1 and you should be able to get more info.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
But other times people just cut off their nose to spite their face.
It looks like that is what happened during yesterday's city council meeting when Rep Ordaz didn't do what a close friend and constituent of Rep Limon wanted done with some canopies. The end result was Rep Limon voting against a funding measure for $100,000 in projects that included a park canopy at E.L. Williams Park requested by the Lomaland Neighborhood Association and swings and benches at Thomas Manor Park requested by the Thomas Manor Neighborhood Association.
Pretty sure ol' Willie Mays at Thomas Manor Neighborhood Association isn't going to be too happy.
Not sure why any rep would say no to $100,000 for parks in their district but she must've thought it prudent. And I'll bet money that since the measure passed anyway, she was the lone "no" vote, she will still show up to the ribbon cutting and take pictures and credit.
Sound familiar? Yep, the Eddie Holguin school of governing. Vote no on a project and jump in front of any camera in sight when the project opens so that you can say you voted no on spending tax-payer money and show up like you made a project happen.
Voting no was the easier thing to do for Limon than having to get an earful from her constituent Sylvia Carreon.
Let me explain to you why there was even a disagreement in the first place. This is all over canopies in Pueblo Viejo linear park in District 6 which is represented by Representative Ordaz. Carreon lives in District 7 but she was pushing hard for the project because she is part of a Civic Association that covers parts of districts 3, 6, and 7. Civic Associations are larger than Neighborhood Associations.
The problem is they both basically serve the same function except one, the civic association, has to consist of at least a hundred members. Neighborhood associations are just a small geographic area.
I have no idea why there needs to be two entities like that. Civic associations seem to be unnecessary.
And this case is a perfect example. The civic association made a request for 8 canopies at Pueblo Viejo. Rep Ordaz chose to fund four canopies and leave the rest of the money in the pot to be added to next years' funds.
Let me remind you, its not even Carreon's or Limon's district.
Ordaz said that after speaking to the residents that they thought 8 canopies would've been a bit much but that they were fine with having 3 or 4 canopies around the playground areas. Pueblo Viejo is a linear park and so its pretty long. I play pick-up basketball there because its close to my place. Based on the layout of the park I can't see where they would put 8 canopies to begin with.
So Ordaz made an amendment to fund 4 instead of 8 canopies. As a result, Limon voted against the entire funding package, which means she voted against her own projects.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Well it got me to thinking about the fact that most of the offices that are elected at the county level are offices that no one gives a shit about, like the County Clerk, District Clerk, and the DA and CA.
Relax office holders, I'm not saying your office isn't important. It is.
I'm saying it isn't important to most people voting. They don't know/care what you do.
However I will say this. Most of those jobs are administrative in nature. They have a lot of potential to save/cost taxpayers a lot of money so it helps to have a good administrator in that office more so than a good politician.
And therein lies the problem.
We elect department heads.
Elected department heads costs you money.
Every time they screw up and get sued, it costs you the taxpayer money because the County almost always settles out of court for x amount of dollars. Those are your tax dollars they settle for.
So when you see these elections come up on the ballot, make sure you are taking that into account. Bad managers cost you money.
|Siria Rocha (Center obviously)|
Thanks a lot guys.
Anywho - long-time county employee and staffer for the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office has thrown her hat in the ring to replace the former office-holder Victor Flores.
Siria Rocha, a prominent member of the Westside Democrats, has already let it be known that she is a candidate for the Tax Assessor office. Many thought she might seek a seat on city council for the westside before the filing deadline passed earlier this February.
There is already word that the appointed Tax Assessor-Collector is likely going to run for the office and there is also talk that former Flores right-hand Frank Ortiz will also seek the office.
That should make things pretty awkward around the ol' water cooler in that office until next March.
The Tax Assessor-Collector is one of those offices no one cares much about and fewer still understand what they do.
Its also a down-ballot race and there is no incumbent and no one really has name ID built with the office right now so Rocha as a Latina is in a good position with two possible male opponents.
Like every race a lot depends on her ability to raise money and touch as many voters as possible.
But I hate it for my own selfish reasons of wanting to shoot off fireworks because its fun.
The reality is the fireworks ban is a necessary thing. And its an annual drill we have to go through. The County Judge tells everyone for weeks that she's going to ban fireworks and people are still stupid and go buy a bunch of fireworks anyway.
Then the fireworks industry goes and finds some kids and parades them in front of commissioner's court to say how selling fireworks is their main fundraiser for their fill-in-the-blank (scout troop, t-ball team, teen youth cult, etc) in order to guilt the commissioners into not banning fireworks.
The County uses some index that measures the fire hazard in a given area that I think is named after Katy Perry.
A few of you will bitch and moan that you won't be able to participate in a 4th of July tradition and that its your right as an American to do shoot off fireworks to celebrate 'Muricuh.
Well the last time I read the constitution there was no mention of a right to keep and bear fireworks. And if the stuff that happens out in Montana Vista when fireworks aren't banned is your idea of a tradition well then you're an asshole because its freakin' Armageddon out there.
Sure I thought it was cool the first time I saw it. I drove down Montana with my little family and we were all in awe at the fireworks that looked like they were being fired from one side of Montana to the other creating an arc of lights over Montana. It looked like that because that is exactly what was going on.
I purchased some fireworks and while I did my best to try to enjoy their use as safely as possible, I watched a bunch of stupid irresponsible teenagers running all over the place throwing lit fireworks at each other. And I watched a bunch of boozed up "bro's" start lighting fireworks, shoving them inside beer bottles, and then throwing them in the air.
Real responsible shit.
Truth is that you wouldn't want that happening in your neighborhood. Which is why you drive out to Montana Vista and go fuck up their community because who cares right? They are just poor dumb Mexicans right? Its their fault for living in the county right?
Yeah, thats how you sound.
You are pissed at the county for banning fireworks but guess what, you probably live in the city of El Paso, where you can't use fireworks. Why? Because its freaking dangerous to people, pets, and property.
You think that is less true just because its in the county and the people are poor? So you think you have some God-given right to pack up the car and go trash another community and not your own? The people of Montana Vista have to deal with the mess that is left after the celebrations. They are the ones that are pretty much held hostage in their communities because of all the traffic in the area. They are the ones that hope some dumbass doesn't set their home on fire with a stray round from a Roman Candle war.
The people in the areas affected want the ban. First responders want the ban because they shouldn't miss a timely response to a real emergency because they are putting out brushfires started by some dumbass trying to make his own fireworks show.
So have some class this 4th of July and go screw up New Mexico. No one cares about that place anyway.
Way to go dumbass.
Frankly I think Jonny looks more like actor and comedian David Cross:
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Normally when you hold a fundraiser you pick a smaller size room so that when Don Williams takes pictures it looks like a lot of people are there. This one was held in the lobby of a hotel and so it was a big space. I forget the name of the hotel, but its the one with Teddy's on the bottom floor. Or as I like to call it, the Cougar Palace.
Even with a big room there were a lot of attendees including a few people I haven't seen in years.
As expected, there were several candidates in the building including the constable candidates and all three candidates for District Attorney.
I snapped this quick photo of District Attorney Jaime Esparza and challenger Leonard Morales but Yvonne Rosales was also there. I didn't get a chance to visit with her but I did get a couple moments with Morales and he seems to have a plan in place. Sorry, wasn't a formal interview so no video but its still early. I'll interview all three candidates sooner or later.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Apparently the District Attorney Jaime Esparza gave a presentation about an idea that pretty much sounds like deprogramming the funds for a downtown stadium that was approved by voters during the bond election in favor of directing the funds towards the HCC.
Several prominent Latino business and political leaders were allegedly at the meeting including City Rep Lily Limon, Aliana Apodaca, Hector Gutierrez, Dora Oaxaca, Terri Garcia, Oscar Venegas, Joe Cardenas, Henry Gallardo, the Rosales', Queta Fierro, and Ralph Adame among others.
Interestingly I'm told Aliana Apodaca introduced Representative Limon and indicated that she was there as a member of MACI, not in her capacity as a city rep. I think that raises a question as to whether she should recuse herself from votes on the issue in the future considering she's a member of the MACI. To my knowledge she's the only member of council that has directly tried to influence the outcome of the HCC as a member of the MACI and other members of council may have avoided participating directly in the process in order to not create a potential conflict of interest.
If the reports about the presentation are accurate it is a very questionable decision on the part of the District Attorney to spearhead considering he is going to be facing at least one, if not more competitors in the primary next year. I'm not sure I think its prudent to be near either one of the projects during an election cycle because both have become so controversial.
The HCC was under-funded. The stadium is going to be expensive. Either way we are talking about tax dollars being spent, not saved. Esparza has a job that doesn't have budgetary issues as a major component of a campaign but involvement in this issue is going to give his opponent(s) an opportunity to bring that issue up in a campaign.
Plus I think there is going to be a messy conversation about whether or not you can actually deprogram the money considering it was an expenditure approved by the voters.
To bring this full circle, that is also problematic for Limon. I'm starting to think she has mayoral aspirations as well. She may want to one day be whispered in the same breath as Alicia Chacon and the only way that happens is if she runs for mayor. The problem is that she can't argue more money for the HCC by using the argument that the voters approved it if she is also trying to kill a project that was also approved by the voters. Again, if the reports I received are an accurate characterization of her position.
I'm still gathering details on this but I wanted to get started with this part of it first. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
If she's termed out, why is she having a fundraiser if she's not going to have another campaign and her last campaign had no opponent?
Well, you do the math. Why do you think she's having a fundraiser?
The other question I get asked is what she's running for. Well I think she lives in Rep Blanco's district so it's not likely she would take him on. She's in Commissioner Leon's precinct, so not likely she would think about taking him on either. So she could conceivably run for Justice of the Peace, County Judge, or Mayor.
What do you think she's going to do?
Monday, June 15, 2015
Svarzbein gave them the ultimate payback by beating them solidly.
Seriously that was such a bad business move on the part of Rick. I mean I get it, he doesn't pull the strings, he has his strings pulled. But now the word is out that even if you sign a contract with them and another candidate comes along willing to pay more money, they'll chase the check.
But to lose on top of it? Now everyone is going to wonder why they should pay them the fees they charge if they can't deliver. They'll be on life-support for a while. They'll have to get by on poaching judicial candidates that don't know any better or are too lazy to run for themselves.
Forma has been on a big losing streak lately. Big time. It was bad enough losing school board races. And Forma juggled a whole slate of them. They were supposed to win all their school board races because they are a smancy-pantsy consulting firm. But they lost the Ysleta races.
Peter V. Al was a different situation. It was just one race. They didn't have to juggle any campaign work. All they had to do was focus on Svarzbein. And they made some colossal mistakes along the way. That mail piece that went out with the wrong election information was probably the worse mistake I've ever seen in mail. Then putting Ann Morgan Lily on the mail with Al, as I said weeks ago, was a big mistake.
They got out-worked, out-hustled, and out-smarted...again.
At this point they should just close shop and open up under a different name because after their string of big loses and candidates having to limit what they do, they have a branding problem now.
Their one card has been being the gate-keepers to big money. Not sure how much longer they are going to have that card now that a string of candidates have figured out how to get around that little problem.
I will say this though. They are absolutely great at doing negative mail. I've said it before and I meant it, their piece they did against Rosa Cabrera (Arellano) was the best negative piece I've seen. But they can only do so much. Yes, their motto is "sweep the leg", but they can't do it if their candidate doesn't want them to. They are getting heat for not whacking Svarzbein but that probably wasn't their call. That was likely Al's call. Since he had zero campaign experience its not surprising that he didn't want to go negative. Candidates are often their own worst enemy and often do things that are counter-productive to what they want to accomplish. Trust me, its a major headache.
The minute Peter made a run-off it was his race to lose. He started sooner than anyone else, had more money, had a more visible presence, and had the ground game in place. Al's campaigning consisted of mail and yard signs. You can't win like that. Especially if you don't whack your opponent in your mail. You aren't giving people a reason to vote against your opponent.
Peter won because of his ground game. Damn sure wasn't his mail because it was awful. But despite being handicapped by bad mail, he was still able to hit more voters.
There are two reasons that happened. Number one he had a good campaign team. Alex Duran was his campaign manager and this was really the first time he actually ran a campaign, but he started from the bottom in other campaigns. Ironically...in the valley. He did some phone banking and poll sitting, most notably for State Rep Mary Gonzalez's campaign. This was the first time he was captain of the ship and he made some good choices. The other reason it happened was because Duran and Svarzbein tapped the right guy to call off the bench in the fourth quarter. They upgraded their personnel in field work and called in Mike Apodaca to help out with their grand game. Run-offs are all about turnout and if you create the right universe of voters then you'll be successful. I've lost track of all the campaigns Apodaca has been part of but he's one of the best in town.
If there's a campaign that should get the big atta-boy for their ground game its not Dagda's, its Peter's. They actually won and don't have to talk about moral victories.
And Peter was not the candidate Forma or anyone else expected him to be. They expected the spacey and flakey artist type. They didn't expect him to work as hard as he did. He hustled on the ground and if anyone paid attention they would see his pretty much daily "end of day" photo. If you know the westside you could probably figure out what turf he was walking every day by the photo he took.
Peter did one thing better than most candidates I've seen. He raised money. Look at his finance reports and you can see how many individual donors there were. He wasn't just going to one well over and over. He had a lot of support from a lot of different places. Most candidates suck at that and hate asking for money.
And he didn't make any mistakes or public gaffes. That alone is an accomplishment, just ask Dagda. Its not easy to run and have to speak in public and repeat the same thing over and over in front of different groups and crowds without screwing-up. Especially in this digital age where everyone can take video or audio of something stupid said or done. Used to be that you only had to watch out for LionStar and his shitty little home video camera. Now anyone can catch you saying something stupid. Its a different world now.
One last thing about Weisenberger, he was gracious in defeat. Thats a big deal because politics can get real personal and emotional and some people lack the emotional stability to handle defeat. Just look at Daniel Lopez as an example of that. He turned into a crazy when he lost and he really seems to hate Peter on a very personal level.
Al was gracious. That is a thing that we see less and less of these days and it was nice to see Al buck that trend.
Also, if you haven't seen it, go check out Al's car commercial on his campaign Facebook page. Its retro and super cool. He looks like a total boss at the end.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Election Day is Saturday. That is Shabbat, or the Sabbath, for Jews. So the observant Jews won't be voting on Election Day. That means that if there was a concentrated effort to GOTV that voting block, it had to have been done during early voting.
Not being familiar with the finite details of Jewish custom I googled whether or not it was okay for Jews to vote on the Sabbath. I found this website that offered three answers. One from an Orthodox rabbi, one from Conservative rabbi, and one from a Reform rabbi.
Without getting into too much detail essentially the Orthodox and Conservative rabbis said no, the reform rabbi says yes. Here's the article if you are interested in the details. http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/951
Just a little tidbit I found interesting and I don't know enough about historical trends relating to that voting block to tell you what, if any, impact that will have on the election.
1738 people had voted as of Saturday and 1051 of them were over 65. Another 449 were voters between the ages of 50-64.
So the lion's share of voters were, as expected, the older crowd. As of Saturday that meant that only 238 people in district 1 that voted were under 50 years old. In the 35-49 year old age group 178 people had voted and only 46 people between the ages of 25-34 had voted.
Sadly that means that you could probably fit all the 18-24 year olds that voted as of Saturday into a single 15 passenger van.
Those numbers are depressing when you look at them but they shouldn't be surprising for anyone that follows election numbers regularly. They are pretty much the norm.
If you're thinking these numbers are disasterous for Peter they probably aren't. He didn't make the run-off by relying on the youth vote and I'll doubt that they did this time either.
This underscores the fact that young people still don't matter in elections. But if someone were able to find a way to just increase the youth vote by 10% (reliably), you'd change a lot of voting trends in town. With El Paso being such a young demographic this is at least part of the key to unlocking improved voter turnout in El Paso.