| Challenger Lyda Ness-Garcia offers El Paso voters a better chance at actual representation. We urge voters to support her in HD-77 over the incumbent, Marisa Marquez.
HD-77 is a safe Democratic district, and voters deserve a real Democrat to represent them in the legislature. Marquez fails on this metric, since she endorsed Republican Dee Margo over Democrat Joe Moody in 2012 and may have also taken a bribe from Margo to do so. The bulk of Marquez's fundraising in the past has come from Republicans and Republican causes, including Texans for Lawsuit Reform.
Ness-Garcia presents a compelling alternative who will put the needs of El Pasoans above her own political ambition. She worked her way through college on the Ford assembly line, and as an attorney she prosecuted child abuse cases.
Marquez seems to put the needs of Texans for Lawsuit Reform above the needs of El Paso. We urge voters to seek an alternative, and back Ness-Garcia in the Democratic Primary.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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