Meet the Two Latino Dems Running to Replace Blake Farenthold
TX Governor Greg Abbott has called a special election to fill former Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold’s seat, for June 30th. While the filing deadline for candidates is this Friday at 5P central time, two Latino Democrats had previously filed to run against Farenthold before he resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct. Eric Holguin is one of the Democrats hoping to flip Texas’ 27th Congressional District. The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi grad was born and raised in a working-class family in South Texas. Holguin first ran for public office when he made a bid for City Council in Corpus Christi as a college student. After that, he worked for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Raul “Roy” Barrera, a former Robstown, TX police officer and Nueces County constable, is the other Democrat in the race. Barrera previously ran against Farenthold in 2016 and is currently a Special Deputy/Court Security Officer at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a Del Mar College certified Communications Officer and certified Peace Officer. Holguin and Barrera will face off in the May 22nd runoff. Republicans Bech Bruun, a Texas Water Development Board Chairman, and Michael Cloud, a former county GOP Chairman, have said they will file to run. More here.