This is a 2 way race between ADOLFO LOPEZ (62) and EVELINA “LINA” ORTEGA (61) who are both running as Democrats to take over for Marissa Marquez who announced she would not be seeking re-election this year.
Adolfo Lopez is a 36 year old attorney who was born and raised in El Paso. You can view his web page here. In addition to having Marissa’s endorsement, he has also been endorsed by the El Paso Medical Society, the El Paso Firefighters, the El Paso Police officers and Oscar Leeser, to name a few. After graduating from law school in 2009, Lopez was hired by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in January 2010. Adolfo worked in the misdemeanor division as an assistant district attorney until he was promoted in 2012 to the felony division, where he handled cases from possession of controlled substances to murder. In 2014 Adolfo returned to El Paso to open his law practice and become a leader in El Paso’s community. “As the District 77 representative, Lopez will work across the aisle to provide more affordable pathways to higher education; to strengthen middle class families and small businesses; and to increase access to comprehensive and quality healthcare.”
Evelina “Lina” Ortega, like Adolfo Lopez, has never held office. She commenced her legal career as a Texas Assistant Attorney General in the Law Enforcement Division and then became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso. After several years of public service, she joined an El Paso law firm and began 30 years of private practice. You can view her webpage here. She has been endorsed by Beto O’Rourke, Susie Byrd, and Senator Rodriguez, to name a few. Interestingly enough, Veronica Escobar has not publicly endorsed Lina but is working behind the scenes to raise money for her, or at least stop others from donating to Adlofo’s campaign. “Today in Austin, though, there’s a new breed of Republicans who would rather give tax breaks to the rich than restore cuts to our schools. They spend millions on border security while cutting health care for disabled children. And they protect corporate loopholes rather than invest in an innovative economy that would create more higher-paying jobs.”
If we were to pick a candidate in this race, we would go with Lopez. He’s young and energetic with a sincerity you don’t often see in politicians. Also, he seems more likely to be able to work with the Republicans in Austin. Lina’s position seems to be that she needs to fight them and, as she would be in the minority, that would only end up hurting El Paso rather than helping us.
It’s Saturday – have you voted yet? If you get just 5 people to vote and then they each get 5 people to vote, imagine the turn out El Paso would have!
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