| Cesar Blanco is the best choice for Democratic voters in HD-76 and provides the district with an opportunity for true progressive representation and an end to embarrassment.
Blanco is the best choice in a crowded race that includes incumbent Naomi Gonzalez and former State Rep. Norma Chavez. We do not believe there is a compelling rationale to return either the present or former office-holder to the Legislature and urge voters to go with Blanco, who has an impressive record of public service in his own right.
Blanco attended UTEP, served in the military, and has worked for three US Congressmen, including Rep. Pete Gallego, for whom he serves as chief of staff. Blanco also worked for the DNC as the Western States director and has built a strong network of national progressives and Democrats. He could be a rising star in our party and this legislative seat looks like an excellent opportunity for him to begin holding elected office.
Chavez -- a former "Craddick D" -- engaged in a nasty campaign against Gonzalez in 2010, going so far as to gay-bait her. There is no place for that in any election, especially not a Democratic primary. Our chief objection to Gonzalez comes from her cozy relationship with Texans for Lawsuit Reform, which has otherwise made it their mission to prevent progressive Democrats from winning office. Gonzalez's DWI incident was also an embarrassment to the district.
Cesar Blanco is already an experienced public servant who would serve HD-76 well in the Legislature. Burnt Orange Report enthusiastically endorses him in the Democratic primary.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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