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State Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez announced on Monday that she is challenging another El Paso Democrat, Art Fierro, instead of running for re-election against Representative Lina Ortega, another El Pasoan she is against. was opposed during the redistribution.
Under the map that Governor Greg Abbott enacted last week, Ordaz Perez is drawn to House District 77, the seat Ortega, who is also a Democrat, has occupied since 2017.
âThe redesigned maps of El Paso sadly embody what the Republicans of Texas are trying to achieve statewide,â Ordaz Perez said in a statement. House District 76 has been abducted from El Paso and two Hispanic representatives are pitting themselves against each other. “
Fierro announced he was running for re-election and told the Texas Tribune last week that he was “prepared for a strong re-election campaign no matter who shows up.”
In his announcement, Ordaz Perez targeted Fierro for being one of three El Paso lawmakers who were among the first House Democrats to speak again earlier this year amid a quorum break on the project. of law on priority elections of the GOP. Ordaz Perez and Ortega, the other two Democrats in the El Paso delegation, did not return until later.
“It is no coincidence that the two women who are paired against each other are the same two women who refused to give up the fight for the protection of voting rights,” said Ordaz Perez. “It is not by chance either that a representative with less seniority [who] was among the very first to surrender to Republicans to help ensure that the quorum needed to push through their nefarious agenda remains unscathed. “
Ordaz Perez also noted that Fierro’s House District 79 covers the east side of El Paso, which she previously represented on city council.
Ordaz Perez and Ortega were paired early in the redistribution process, following Republican mapping following the 2020 census. It showed El Paso has grown more slowly than the rest of the state and does not could no longer claim five districts entirely contained within the county.
Ordaz Perez and Ortega were united in their opposition to the proposed map. Ortega said it was a “direct attack on our border community and weakens minority representation in the Texas Legislature.”
Despite their best efforts, the Republican-led legislature passed the card without disassociating the two lawmakers, leaving Ordaz Perez with a difficult decision: run against a fellow Latina or find another path to re-election.
Fierro has represented House District 79 since winning a special election in January 2019. Ordaz Perez is the newest member of the El Paso delegation after winning a vacant seat last year.
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