My mother, Judy Wilkerson, had a saying that she stole from Peanuts character Lucy Van Pelt, “If you don’t vote, don’t crab.”
Atascosa County residents have a very important election to turn out for on July 31 – Texas Senate District 19. Governor Greg Abbott called this special election to fill the unexpired term of Carlos Uresti who resigned as State Senator District 19 following his conviction on multiple felony counts.
There are eight candidates running for Senate District 19 with two candidates from Atascosa County – Pete Flores, Pleasanton, (R) and Charlie Urbina Jones, Poteet, (D). The remaining candidates for State Senator, District 19, Special Election are Jesse (Jay) Alaniz, (R), San Antonio, Pete Gallego, (D), San Antonio, Roland Gutierrez, (D) San Antonio, Carlos Antonio Raymond, (R), San Antonio, Tomas Uresti, (D), San Antonio, and Tony Valdivia, Libertarian, San Antonio
With just a little over 36 days to prepare a campaign, the race is on for these eight candidates. It will be a fast and furious sprint for candidates to get their messages out and educate voters about who they are and what they stand for as it relates to SD19. Candidates with name recognition and the ability to motivate individuals to vote will have a head start in this race. I have written a feature story on Pleasanton resident and retired game warden Peter Flores to help you get to know him better. I will be interviewing Charles Urbina Jones a lawyer with a 30-year practice and veteran on Wednesday, July 11 for the July 18 edition of the Pleasanton Express. Please take the time to learn about the candidates that will represent Atascosa County in the senate. The candidate elected will hold the seat until it expires in 2021.
SD19 is comprised of 17 Texas counties including Brewster, Crockett, Dimmitt, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Zavala and parts of Atascosa County and Bexar County. According to the 2010 census, a total of 800,501 civilians reside within Texas’ 19th state senate district making it one of the largest legislative districts in the United States. But as large as SD19 is voter turnout for this special election is expected to be low due to the late summer month and quick timing of the vote.
Please get out and vote Atascosa County. We need representation. Your vote is your voice. Let yourself be heard. Early voting begins July 16 and runs through July 27 at the Atascosa County Annex 11, 914 Main Street, Jourdanton. You may vote from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher of the Pleasanton Express. You may E-mail her at email@example.com.