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Borderlands Voting Guide 2020: The El Paso Mayoral Election

by Hope Border Institute & Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso

Neither the Hope Border Institute, nor the Diocese of El Paso, endorse or oppose any candidates for public office. This guide is designed for educational purposes only.

 

Dear Voters in the Borderlands,

 

As the Diocese of El Paso and the Hope Border Institute, we are very pleased to publish this first of its kind Borderlands Voting Guide 2020: the El Paso Mayoral Election.

 

Elections are a very important way of building a society in which each one of us, and all of us together, can thrive. This is what we call the common good.

 

Working for justice transforms us and it transforms the world. As Pope Francis says, all people of faith are called to make this world a little less cold and a little more just, and getting involved in public life through our vote is an important way of doing that. 

 

Let us work together this November and into the future to make justice flourish here in the borderlands.

Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz

Bishop of El Paso

Dylan Corbett

Executive Director

Hope Border Institute

 

WHERE DO I VOTE?

Election Day will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

For the November 2020 Election, you can vote at any Vote Center on Election Day!

Early Voting will be from Tuesday ,October 13, 2020 through Friday, October 30, 2020.

For the November 2020 Election, you can vote at any Early Voting Location!

 

PLAN YOUR TRIP TO THE POLLS

Plan Your Trip to the Polls

  • Will you vote early from Oct. 13 - Oct. 30 or on Election Day - Nov. 3?

  • Where will you vote?

  • How will you get to the polls?

  • Set aside some time to review this guide and educate yourself about the candidates and the issues

  • Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to vote safely

  • Set a calendar reminder on your phone so you don’t forget

What if I Run Into Problems When I Try to Vote?

Voters experiencing any sort of problem at the polls can call the Texas Election Protection Coalition hotline. Call 866-OUR-VOTE — English or 888-Ve-Y-Vota — Spanish and English.

How Can I Vote Safely During a Pandemic?

  • Plan your trip to the polls well ahead of time

  • Vote by mail if you already completed the application

  • Vote early to avoid crowds on Election Day

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • Use hand sanitizer before and after your visit

  • Avoid touching your face and eyes

  • Keep a safe distance between yourself, election workers and the public

  • Use the disposable stylus at the polls to cast your ballot

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP

 

How do people of faith decide which candidate to vote for?

Voting requires a well-formed conscience. How do we do that? 

 

We should always try to be attentive to the needs, the suffering and the possibilities in our community and in our world. We need to inform ourselves by reading the news with a critical eye and listening to others, including those who may not think like we do. And we need to listen to the voice of God who speaks to us in prayer, in the Scriptures, in our experience of walking with the poor, and in the teaching of the Church. 

 

The bishops of the United States publish a document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, that covers many of the issues that should concern us as people of faith and it is well worth a good reading. 

 

We also have to study the positions of the candidates, make sure we’re registered to vote, and research just what will be on the ballot. And we can’t forget to take into account the character and competence of candidates.

 

What are some of the issues that should concern people of faith during this election?

Pope Francis has asked us to think about the ways all of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Pope Francis says in Fratelli Tutti, ‘some parts of our human family, it appears, can be readily sacrificed for the sake of others considered worthy of a carefree existence. Ultimately, persons are no longer seen as a paramount value to be cared for and respected, especially when they are poor and disabled, "not yet useful" – like the unborn, or "no longer needed" – like the elderly.

 

The pandemic has affected us all, but especially the poor, Latinos and African Americans. Why were some of us more vulnerable to the impacts of the disease, economically and physically? 

 

It seems we’ve built up a society where many have been locked out of the benefits of our nation’s economic, social and political life and haven’t been able to share equally in our nation’s blessings. We have to be honest and admit that racial prejudice has also contributed to that. Not every family in our community or in our country has equal access to a good job, to good health care, to good housing, to good education and to good opportunities. Not everyone can look at a police officer without feeling fear.

 

The pope has said that this is really a time when God is calling our world to greater solidarity, which is another virtue that Christians bring to public life. As he puts it, ‘none of us is saved alone’. We have to re-discover that my flourishing and your flourishing are interconnected. As Saint Paul says, if one of us suffers, we all suffer. And we need political leaders who will empower our communities to rebuild with that sense of interdependence.

 

Something else the Holy Father has asked to consider is our relationship to God’s creation. He’s asking us to recognize that our exploitation of the earth and our exploitation of the poor are really related. We need to overcome the attitudes of harshness, competition, exclusion and lack of appreciation for the wonder of life that are at the root of so many of the challenges before us. We’re reaching a tipping point and we need to transcend the usual left-right, short-term political thinking in order to bring us back from the brink. It may be that this COVID-19 crisis is the opportunity to do just that. 

Is it true that a Catholic must support one candidate over the others for president?

Society should defend and promote human life at all stages. Our pro-life commitment extends to to every human person and we should ensure that the poor, the vulnerable, migrants and the environment are at the center of our public policy concerns.

 

Our witness to life and our defense of the unborn reflect one of the Church’s most ancient teachings. We must work for a world where abortion is truly unthinkable. And we also have to support policies, like access to healthcare and support for families, that make abortion never appear to be the only choice.

 

The Chuch teaches that Catholics cannot vote for a candidate because he or she supports the taking of human life in legalized abortion, as does the Democratic candidate. Nor can a Catholic vote for a candidate in order to close the door to refugees or to support the death penalty, which are things the Republican candidate supports. But given the circumstances and after sincere discernment, we may find ourselves voting for one or another candidate in spite of those things (or even neither candidate in a particular race). And so Catholics may arrive at different answers regarding whom to vote for. 

 

But however we vote, God will judge us by the authenticity of our commitment to continuing to stand with all those forced to the margins of our society, even after Election Day.

Prayer of Discernment

 

Invoke the presence of God. Recall in gratitude the gifts given to you by God and how divine love sustains our borderland community and our world. Consider what gives you feelings of gratitude, joy and excitement.

 

Call on the Spirit. Consider the needs of those in our community, our country and world who are most vulnerable, whether to racism, poverty or other types of exclusion. How is God present in their struggle? How is the Spirit calling upon you to respond? Take time to notice your feelings, anxieties, fears and hopes. Converse with God about all of this honestly and recognize the way the Spirit is leading you to consider what you might be called to do. 


Trust. Call on God to direct your intentions and desires towards building up the common good and a society where each of us, and all of us together, can flourish and live up to our calling as children of God. Consider how you will respond anew to God’s invitation to participate in building up the Reign of God, including through your vote.

 
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MAYORAL ELECTIONS

ELECTION 2020: MAYOR OF
EL PASO

This November, El Paso gets to elect a mayor!

The current incumbent, Mayor Dee Margo, is running alongside six challengers. If no candidate wins a majority in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff, to be scheduled at a later date.

 

The El Paso mayoral race is non-partisan. Although individual candidates may belong to a political party, they do not identify party affiliation on the ballot.

 

Whoever is elected mayor will serve a four-year term.

Some things you should know about the Mayor of El Paso:

  • The Mayor is the ceremonial head of the City of El Paso

  • The Mayor represents El Paso within the city government and to other levels of government

  • The Mayor is a member of and presides over the City Council and has the power to propose legislation, veto legislation (except for any City Council action to remove the City Manager), break tie votes and convene special sessions of City Council 

  • The Mayor appoints members of citizen advisory boards and commissions, with the consent of the City Council

 
 

WHO'S RUNNING FOR MAYOR?

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Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

www.facebook.com/CalvinZielsdorf4EPMayor2020

 

Current Occupation: Swim coach

 

Education: BA from Texas A&M in Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication

Experience in Public Life: Former El Paso firefighter

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Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

www.oscarleeser.com

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire. 

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Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

www.gallinarforelpaso.com

 

Current Occupation: Principal and owner of an urban planning and community development consulting firm 

 

Education: BA from the University of Texas at El Paso and MA in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University 

 

Experience in Public Life: Mr. Gallinar was the executive director for facilities and construction at the El Paso Independent School District (2016-18), deputy planning director for the City of El Paso (2012-16), and comprehensive plan manager for the City of El Paso (2010-12). Mr. Gallinar served as the chairman of the City Plan Commission in 2009 and commissioner from 2005-09. Mr. Gallinar previously worked as director of community planning at La Fe Clinic (2005-10).

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Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189
https://www.facebook.com/Vote4Dino

 

Current Occupation: Retired

 

Experience in Public Life: Mr. Martinez retired in 2002, having served 28 years as both a member of the military and employee of the Department of Defense.

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Ms. Veronica ‘Vero’ Carbajal 190

www.veroformayor.com

 

Current Occupation: Public interest attorney

 

Education: BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University and JD from the University of Texas at Austin Law School

 

Experience in Public Life: Ms. Carbajal has worked as an attorney at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid for the past fifteen years.

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Hon. Dee Margo 191

www.margoformayor.org

 

Current Occupation: Current Mayor of El Paso

 

Education: BA in History and Economics from Vanderbilt University

 

Experience in Public Life: Mayor Margo currently serves as Vice Chair for Border Security on the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) Criminal and Social Justice Committee, as well as Co-Chair of USCM’s COVID-19 Response and Health Equity Working Group. Mayor Margo was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee. He is also a member of the Texas Municipal League Executive Committee.

 

Mr. Margo was previously a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing Texas District 78 from 2011 to 2013. He has served as the president of the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) Board of Managers. Mayor Margo also served as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. 

 

Mayor Margo is a previous chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of the organization now known as the Borderplex Alliance.

 

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND?

We asked each of the candidates running for Mayor of El Paso the following long and short form questions. These are their answers.

Q.1 

Emerging from the Crisis Better

The pandemic has affected everyone in the borderlands but has hit the poor, working class families, immigrants and people of color hardest. As mayor, what specific policies will you pursue to prioritize an equitable recovery for the most vulnerable and ensure that we emerge from the current crisis stronger? 

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

To rebuild we will need to work. My top priority is to build from within and that needs to begin with education. We will educate those that are ready to help build El Paso into the future. 

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

I would like to contract with the States Support financing in providing S.O.P. COVID-19 Screening each day before work starts utilizing mobile contractors.

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.

 

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

On March 12, 2020, I asked the City to prevent the spread of COVID 19 at places like nursing homes, healthcare facilities, jails and immigration centers because they're enclosed, people cannot socially distance or hand wash, many occupants are vulnerable and many employees are low wage workers with little protections. The City has provided little to no support to these locations.  My strategy would be to target these places and implement safety protocols with CARES Act money.  I would use the $119 million CARES Act funds to effectively inform the public, small businesses and service providers about how to stay safe (English/Spanish); test and trace; protect the workers and occupants of truly essential and high-risk businesses and spaces; enforce safety measures and shut down non-compliant private businesses; and ensure that renters and small business owners can access financial and other support, including childcare.  As an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., I have worked closely with the City and community organizations regarding rental assistance. Currently, not enough tenants or small businesses have applied. I would work with community leaders to identify barriers and facilitate the application process, possibly by using City furloughed employees to help applicants.

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Latinos are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and we have seen our community suffer greatly. This city administration has failed us. It’s been more than 100 days since we’ve had a public health director. We have unreliable data and no transparency on the clusters that would keep El Pasoans safe. As the first candidate to call for a shelter-in-place order I will lead with science and facts. I will hire a public health director and vote to share clusters. With a fully resourced and staffed public health department we can begin to combat this pandemic stronger and address the underlying conditions facing every vulnerable population in our community in the long term.

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Rebuilding our economy is a priority for emerging from the Pandemic. This includes ensuring our most vulnerable have access to the necessary resources. 

'The pandemic is a crisis, and we do not emerge from a crisis the same as before: either we come out of it better, or we come out of it worse.’

 

- Pope Francis

Q.2 

Racial Solidarity

Last year, our community suffered a racially motivated terrorist attack and our nation continues to wrestle with ensuring dignity and equality for all people of color, including in the areas of policing and criminal justice. As mayor, what specific actions will you take to address systemic racism in the borderlands?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

We would need to rebuild department structures, introduce a new neutral process of employment and hire more part-time professionals. Which will help with them sharpen their already learned skills.

 

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Assign reps from all government. Local, state and federal need to be trained to recognize the issues such as, sexual harassment, racism, etc. Understanding & implementing the no jokes, no systematic racism among colleagues. Extreme measures to correct these issues.

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

We must affirmatively combat the ignorance that white supremacists use to justify their verbal, political and physical assaults against people of color.  We must protect our Latinx historic barrios from destruction with historic designations. We must give the Mexican American Cultural Center its own building instead of a sports arena that is consuming 80% of bond funds. Our elected leaders must speak against federal inhumane and racist immigration policies. EPPD cannot racially profile Black El Pasoans and we must work with the Black community prior to drafting any plans for transforming the police department. We must look at data that can identify disparities based on race, color or national origin in housing (rental and sales), employment, educational outcomes, healthcare and criminal sentences, among others, We must engage with Black El Pasoans to insure that our city services, including cultural programming, includes them in a way that is meaningful. We must seek environmental justice and speak against EPISD as it increases children’s exposure to air pollution with its bus hub and arbitrary school shutdowns in the Chamizal which is 99.1% people of color. We must  replace all racist local monuments and school names, including the Juan de Onate statue.

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

I have outlined a plan for an equitable budget and reforms to our police department. This plan outlines the demilitarization of police, an end to use of force policies, and a citizen led oversight board among other items. We must also begin to lead on these issues and have a strong unifying voice at City Hall. As Mayor, I will prioritize safe and accessible parks, youth services, mental health programs for individuals and families, recreational amenities like hike and bike trails, arts and culture, and employment opportunities that pay a living wage.

Hon. Dee Margo 191

As long as I am Mayor, racism will never be tolerated. The EP Strong Resolution will establish new reporting to encourage elimination of racial disparities in arrests and other law enforcement actions.

'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.'

 

- Pope Francis

Q.3

Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change

This past summer was one of the hottest in the history of the borderlands. As mayor, what will your plan be for a city response to addressing climate change? How will you leverage the city’s leadership role in moving our community away from fossil fuels and practices like fracking towards sustainable practices that protect the environment?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

I know about solar, micro-grids, and batteries. District Projects will produce energy and provide jobs. Making our city becoming the largest energy producer possible. 

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

There needs to be a need or study done in what can be best suited for this city and the climate changes affecting our city and support the state and federal standard on helping to reduce the effects.

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Fossil fuel emissions at the power plant, the refinery, and other industrial sites and from mobile sources (vehicular and commercial traffic on roads and bridges), must be reduced to lower temperatures. El Paso Electric is a top consumer of water.  Refrigerated air conditioning units consume more electricity than swamp coolers.  While refrigerated air is promoted as a water conservation alternative to swamp coolers, we have just shifted water consumption from the residential/commercial site to the power plant.  We must reduce our consumption of electricity in general and increase our production of solar energy. Since the City passed up municipalizing and therefore controlling EPE’s production of solar energy, it must take alternative measures like using solar energy on city-owned buildings and street lights; weatherizing City-owned buildings and incentives for weatherizing private and public buildings;facilitating property owners’ installation of solar panels by expediting the permitting and inspection process; advocating for solar energy friendly regulations at the state.  We must reduce vehicle emissions.  We cannot support expanding I-10 through downtown.  We need free public transportation, encourage remote work and incentivize workers to use public transportation.  We must also expedite traffic at the bridges by advocating for expanding SENTRI/Dedicated Commuter Lanes.

Hon. Dee Margo 191

It is a priority of the City to seek legislation for solar energy incentives from the State Legislature. Current State incentives for alternative energy use apply primarily to wind energy.

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

El Paso is the 2nd fastest warming city in the country. And El Paso remains the largest city in Texas without a climate change plan. This is why my first policy initiative was a Climate Change Strategy for El Paso (​https://carlosformayor.com/climate-change​). Let’s be the Sun City not just in name, but in practice. El Paso can lead on solar and renewable energy, build the largest solar farm in the country, incentivize solar panel installation, modernize our public transportation to create a system that’s accessible, efficient, and equitable, and increase mass transit options that include safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists. As mayor, El Paso I will join ​C40 Cities ​and ​The Climate Mayors ​and lead the way on climate resiliency. Plan El Paso, an award winning masterplan for the City, was focused on sustainability. By shifting priorities at City Hall towards these items, we can leverage the city towards more green communities.

'We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.’

 

- Pope Francis

Q.4

Integral Economic Development

Sometimes we hear that the necessary cost of economic development in El Paso is the displacement of more vulnerable communities, gentrification and the loss of our historic neighborhoods. As mayor, how will you pursue a broad-based economic development that provides meaningful opportunities for work with living wages, protects our cultural patrimony, and includes the participation of all? 

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

The city has turned its back on our deepest root and its hurting.  That area can be rejuvenated and not by tearing down residences.  We can do those communities better and we will.

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

I would like to visit our colleges/universities broad members to see best from their prospective ideas. Graduating and moving forward with the innovative ideas onto this spectrum. In close, utilizing high school student support, Multi-cultural, arts & crafts ticket items. Sold and made in sharing arts & crafts supporting and participating together.

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

The success of our economic development must be measured not only by how much money El Pasoans make, but also by how far their money can actually go. The key components of my economic development plan will be: 1) using tax incentives for creating good paying jobs for everyday El Pasoans, not for enriching millionaires or subsidizing the construction  of private buildings; 2) helping workers by supporting programs that prepare workers for good paying jobs; funding affordable childcare for working families; free and accessible WiFi throughout the city; 3) supporting small business growth with a focus on the environment, arts, heritage tourism and technology. We can sell our city without selling out our workers, environment, or tax payers.  We must closely scrutinize tax incentives for companies looking to invest in El Paso.  I want the same or better job opportunities that I had when I was hired by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.: a good salary, student loan repayment, paid sick leave, healthcare and a unionized workforce.  We can expect no less.  Further, we need to devote and invest such tax incentives to home-grown local businesses that will keep their profits here.

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Our economic development strategies need to change. As Mayor, my priorities for economic growth will be to combat climate change, diversify our economy away from fast food restaurants and call centers, and protect our natural and cultural assets. El Paso can create an eco-tourism and cultural heritage economy, we can create a regional hike and bike trail that connects every neighborhood and to the Mission Valley.

I’ve spent the past 12 months listening and engaging with real people and they often feel that they don’t have a voice at City Hall. I have laid out a plan on Public Participation which outlines having an open door policy, taking City Hall to neighborhoods, and making my calendar public information. We need to rebuild trust with the community and change the way we lead.

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Since I became your Mayor, we have added 4,155 net new jobs with $808 million in capital investments. That’s $300 million more investment with 1,500 more new jobs than the previous administration.

'Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.’

 

- Pope Francis

Q.5

A Community of Immigrants

El Paso has a noble tradition of providing hospitality to asylum seekers and migrants seeking a better life at our borders. As mayor, what leadership role will you play in the national debate around comprehensive immigration reform?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Immigration reform must happen and I will be a very loud voice in favor of it happening. During the meantime I will make sure that those seeking a better life be treated humanely. 

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

First thing, don't change what is proving best for Asylum seekers. Limit our support we provide so we do not go over our budgets. Reform can be a good thing if our part is to work together with others whom mean to move into a more constructive NOT destructive future and life. Exercise having the Chief of Border & Customs support. Not taking his responsibility away or putting Border Patrol out of context.

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Oscar Leeser declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

As mayor, I will be a staunch supporter of comprehensive immigration reform as well as humane border security policies that do not violate our own rules or international treaties. I will not be the kind of leader that remains silent as Latin American migrants, including children, are separated from their families and made to sleep on rocks underneath one of our bridges instead of being housed on the West Side of the City because the El Paso Chamber of Commerce finds they do not fit the profile of their community.  I would never invite the very people who implemented these horrific, inhumane and racist policies to honor the victims of a shooting motivated by racial hatred against our Latinx community. Early in my administration, I will work with local nonprofits  to establish a plan that can be implemented if we have any future immigration crisis.  A component of this plan could include establishing immigration welcoming centers as was done in San Antonio so that we don’t place all of the burden on local nonprofits.

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Working with our local partners who are leading the effort to serve our migrant and refugee community, we will establish a one stop shop to support migrants, service providers, and promote public understanding of our region through an Office of Immigrant Affairs. As Mayor, I will fight for ​humane and comprehensive immigration reform. El Paso deserves to have a voice on the decisions made in Washington about our community.

Hon. Dee Margo 191

I have been advocating the Federal Government for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and I will always advocate for our binational community. 

'We know that every effort to better society … is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.’

 

- Oscar Romero

Q.6

Sanctity of Life
In January 2020, the Mayor of El Paso issued a proclamation in support of the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Will you support similar proclamations in support of local pro-life organizations walking with expectant mothers in crisis pregnancies?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Q.7

Municipal IDs
Do you support municipal IDs for El Paso's immigrant population?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Q.8

Downtown Area
Do you support the termination of the downtown arena project or its re-location away from historic neighborhoods?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Q.9

Fracking
Do you support the El Paso Electric Company's planned 228-megawatt Natural Gas generator, called ‘Newman 6’, which will generate power from fracked gas?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Q.10

Democracy
Do you support additional limits on campaign contributions for mayoral and city council races?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

Q.11

Community Policing
Do you support the expansion of the El Paso Police Department’s crisis intervention teams, which respond to emergencies involving the mentally ill?

Mr. Calvin Zielsdorf 186

Mr. Dean ‘Dino’ Martinez 189

Hon. Oscar Leeser 187

Ms. Veronica Carbajal 190

Mr. Carlos Gallinar 188

Hon. Dee Margo 191

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CITY ELECTIONS

ELECTION 2020: EL PASO CITY COUNCIL

This November, El Pasoans will have a chance to vote for City Representatives in Districts 2, 3, 4 and 7.

 

Not sure what district you live in? Find out using the District Locator.

 

The El Paso City Council race is non-partisan. Although individual candidates may belong to a political party, they do not identify party affiliation on the ballot.

 

Whoever is elected City Representative will serve a four year term. If no candidate wins a majority in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff, to be scheduled at a later date.

Here are some things you should know about the El Paso City Council, City Representatives and the City Manager:

 

  • The City Council comprises the Mayor and City Representatives

  • The City Council has the power to pass local legislation

  • The City Council selects, directs and evaluates the City Manager

  • The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible to the City Council for personnel management, the management of City departments and agencies, preparing and submitting the City budget, and providing regular financial reports

City Representative - District 2

Miriam ‘Judy’ Gutierrez 194

Alexsandra Annello (Incumbent) 195

James Arthur Campos 196

City Representative - District 3

Jose Rodriguez 200

Cassandra Hernandez (Incumbent) 201

Will Veliz 202

City Representative - District 4

Dorothy ‘Sissy’ M. Byrd 205

Sam Morgan (Incumbent) 206

Joe Molinar 207

Shawn Nixon 208

Wesley Lawrence 209

City Representative - District 7

Aaron Montes 213
Henry Rivera 214 (Incumbent)

ELECTION 2020: EL PASO MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES

For many El Pasoans, the El Paso Municipal Courts are their first experience with the justice system.

 

The El Paso Municipal Courts handle Class C misdemeanors and civil parking citations issued within the city limits. The El Paso Municipal Court of Appeals hears appeals filed from the El Paso Municipal Courts.

 

El Pasoans will have the opportunity to vote for judges in the five Municipal Courts as well as the judge for the Municipal Court of Appeals.

 

Here we list candidates for races where more than one candidate is on the ballot. Consult the City of El Paso Sample Ballot to learn more about other races.

Judge - Municipal Court No. 2

Kristin R. Romero 220

Maximino Daniel Muñoz 221

Judge - Municipal Court No. 4

Lillian Elena Blancas 227

Enrique Alonso Holguin 228

Lauren K. Ferris 229

Judge - Municipal Court of Appeals

Maria Ramirez 235

Rebecca Tarango 236

Odell S. Holmes 237

VOTING TIP #1

Encourage somenone else to vote! It can be a family member, friend or neighbor.

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FEDERAL ELECTIONS

ELECTION 2020: PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

The president of the United States is the head of state, the chief executive officer of the federal government and the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

 

President of the United States

Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence (Republican) 5

Joseph R. Biden/Kamala D. Harris (Democrat) 6

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy ‘Spike’ Cohen (Libertarian) 7

Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker  (Green) 8

Write-In

ELECTION 2020: US SENATOR

The Senate is the upper chamber of the legislature of the United States, the Congress. There are 100 members of the Senate, two senators per state for staggered six-year terms.

United States Senator 

John Cornyn (Republican) 11

Mary ‘MJ’ Hegar (Democrat) 12

Kerry Douglas McKennon (Libertarian) 13

David B. Collins (Green) 14

ELECTION 2020: US REPRESENTATIVE

The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the legislature of the United States, the Congress. The House is made up of representatives from districts allocated to each state based on the results of the U.S. Census.

United States Representative - District 16

Irene Armendariz-Jackson (Republican) 16

Veronica Escobar (Democrat) 17

United States Representative - District 23

Tony Gonzales (Republican) 20

Gina Ortiz Jones (Democrat) 21

Beto Villela (Libertarian) 22

VOTING TIP #2

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COUNTY-WIDE ELECTIONS

ELECTION 2020: RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

The Railroad Commissioner oversees an agency that regulates the oil and gas industry including mining, propane and pipelines (the commission ceased regulating railroads in 2005). Commissioners are elected six-year terms.

Railroad Commissioner 

James ‘Jim’ Wright (Republican) 25

Chrysta Castañeda (Democrat) 26

Matt Sterett (Libertarian) 27

Katija ‘Kat’ Gruene (Green) 28

ELECTION 2020: TEXAS SUPREME COURT

The Texas Supreme Court is the court of last resort for all civil matters in the State of Texas. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and eight judges. Judges are elected to six-year terms. The election for Place 6 is for an unexpired term.

Chief Justice - Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht (Republican) 30

Amy Clark Meachum (Democrat) 31

Mark Ash (Libertarian) 32

Justice - Supreme Court, Place 6

Jane Bland (Republican) 35

Kathy Cheng (Democrat) 36

Justice - Supreme Court, Place 7

Jeff Boyd (Republican) 39

Staci Williams (Democrat) 40

William Bryan Strange, III (Libertarian) 41

Justice - Supreme Court, Place 8 

Brett Busby (Republican) 44

Gisela D. Triana (Democrat) 45

Tom Oxford (Libertarian) 46

ELECTION 2020: TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the court of last resort for all criminal matters in the State of Texas. The Court is composed of a Presiding Judge and eight judges. Judges are elected to six-year terms.

Judge - Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

Bert Richardson (Republican) 49

Elizabeth Davis Frizell (Democrat) 50

Judge - Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4

Kevin Patrick Yeary (Republican) 53

Tina Clinton (Democrat) 54

Judge - Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 

David Newell (Republican) 57

Brandon Birmingham (Democrat) 58

VOTING TOP #3

Remember to wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you head to the polls.

ELECTION 2020: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The State Board of Education sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. Members are elected to four-year terms. 

Member - State Board of Education, District 1

Jennifer Ivey (Republican) 61

Georgina Perez (Democrat) 62

ELECTION 2020: TEXAS STATE SENATOR

Residents of El Paso County will have a chance this November to elect a new Senator to the Texas Senate, the upper house of the bicameral Texas Legislature. The duties of the legislature include consideration of legislation and budgeting all funds for the operation of state government. State senators are elected for four-year terms. 

State Senator - District 29

Bethany Hatch (Republican) 65

César J. Blanco (Democrat) 66

ELECTION 2020: TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Residents of Texas Districts 75-79 will have a chance this November to elect Representatives to the Texas House of Representatives, the lower house of the bicameral Texas Legislature. The duties of the legislature include consideration of legislation and budgeting all funds for the operation of state government. State Representatives are elected for two-year terms. 

 

Here we list candidates for races where more than one candidate is on the ballot. Consult the County of El Paso Sample Ballot to learn more about other races.

State Representative - District 78

Jeffrey Lane (Republican) 78

Joe Moody (Democrat) 79

ELECTION 2020: CHIEF JUSTICE, 8TH COURT OF APPEALS

The 8th Court of Appeals serves as the appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases for District Courts in El Paso County.

Chief Justice - 8th Court of Appeals District 

Jeff Alley (Republican) 85

Yvonne Rodriguez (Democrat) 86

ELECTION 2020: COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Residents of El Paso County Commissioners Court Precinct 3 will have the opportunity to vote for a new County Commissioner.

Find out which Commissioners Court Precinct you live in here.

 

The El Paso County Commissioners Court has broad policy-setting responsibilities for El Paso County and is responsible for major infrastructure and maintenance, like roads and bridges. The Commissioners have many responsibilities, including approving the budget and tax rate, authorizing contracts and maintaining county buildings and facilities.

County Commissioner - Precinct 3 

Randy French (Republican) 123

Iliana Holguin (Democrat) 124

ELECTION 2020: DISTRICT COURT JUDGES

The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in Texas. Here we list candidates for races where more than one candidate is on the ballot. Consult the County of El Paso Sample Ballot to learn more about other races.

District Judge - 383rd Judicial District 

Phyllis Martinez Gonzalez (Republican) 101

Lyda Ness Garcia (Democrat) 102

ELECTION 2020: EL PASO CONSTABLES

El Pasoans will have the opportunity to vote for Constables in Precincts 2, 6 and 7. You can find your Constabulary Precinct here.

What is a Constable?

  • A Constable is a Peace Officer elected every four years for a precinct. Each Constable office is an independent law enforcement agency

  • Constables have the same duties and powers as do police officers and sheriffs, and may enforce all criminal and traffic laws and conduct criminal investigations

  • Constables serve all warrants, precepts, and civil process lawfully directed to them by the Justice Court

  • Constables are required by law to be present, or ensure a Deputy Constable is present, during hearings held by the Justice of the Peace

Constable - Precinct 2

Edward Sena (Republican) 127

Danny T. Zamora (Democrat) 12

Constable - Precinct 6

Jose Rojo (Republican) 131

Javier I. Garcia (Democrat) 132

Constable - Precinct 7

Joseph R. Burds (Republican) 135

Angie Sommers (Democrat) 136

VOTING TIP #4

Before you leave home, make sure you have a photo ID with you.