| District 36 deserves a representative who will fight to uphold the rights of all residents. Maria Regalado is a better choice, owing to her long history of community activism.
The incumbent, Sergio Munoz Jr., lost our support when he voted for Rick Perry's anti-woman legislation repeatedly throughout the special session. District 36 contains parts of Hildago, Pharr, and McAllen -- some of the cities that will be most negatively impacted by the closure of clinics and increased lack of access to basic women's healthcare.
If Munoz does not care if women in his district die or suffer serious injury when seeking a legal medical procedure, then we cannot in good conscience suggest that voters -- especially female voters -- return him to the Legislature.
Regalado offers voters a better choice. She is a businesswoman and tireless community activist, who has been very involved with the Hildalgo Democratic Women and Texas Organizing Project. Her family has a history of community service: her parents, both migrant farm workers, marched with Cesar Chavez and supported his advocacy for progressive labor reform. She has a Masters in Public Affairs from UT Pan American, and is prepared to immediately begin addressing the needs of her constituents if elected.
HD-36 is a deeply Democratic district, and voters deserve a representative who will respect all of their rights and decisions -- especially women. We endorse Maria Regalado as a staunch Democrat who is best suited to serve the people of this district.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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