With the Dec. 15 filing deadline fast approaching for March’s Primary Election, local candidates have begun announcing the start of their campaigns, with former State Rep. Abel Herrero aiming to reclaim a modified version of District 34.
Herrero will be seeking the District 34 seat, which was modified through temporary boundaries proposed by a federal court that is examining the state of Texas’s maps. The proposed Texas maps approved by the Texas Legislature eliminated District 33, leaving Nueces County with one less representative in Austin.
However, those maps are being contested in court, with a three-judge panel proposing temporary boundaries for the upcoming Primary Election.
“Working families continue to struggle under a lagging economy that has been coupled with historic budget cuts resulting in massive job losses and slashes to our public schools,” Herrero said in a prepared statement. “As a parent of five children, my wife and I understand the priorities of middle-class working families.”
The court-proposed map reinstates District 33, but modifies District 34 to encompass a large chunk of western Nueces County, including Robstown, Bishop and Driscoll, as well as Kleberg County. Current District 34 Rep. Connie Scott, who defeated Herrero in November 2010, will be seeking the Republican nomination for the District 33 seat.
Solomon Ortiz Jr. will be looking to put Democrats back in control of that position in the Texas House of Representatives.
Republican Raul Torres, who is the current District 33 State Representative, has already said he would be seeking the District 34 seat, which Herrero, a Democrat who served three terms in the Legislature, will seek.
Other candidates for local political offices announced the beginning of their candidacy on Monday, with Precinct 5 Constable Dionicio “Don” Ysassi, a Democrat, announcing he will run for re-election. He was elected in 2008. Frank Flores, who ran unsuccessfully against Ysassi in 2008, has also filed to seek the Democratic nomination for Ysassi's seat.
Marcy Santos, a 20-year employee with Nueces County Community Services, announced her candidacy for the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5, Place 1 seat held by Robert “Bobby” Gonzalez. Gonzalez has already said he will seek re-election.