In El Paso's House District 76 race, newcomer Cesar Blanco, who’s looking to knock off incumbent state Rep. Naomi R. Gonzalez in the Democratic primary, shows his campaign raised about $70,100 for the filing period that began in July and ended in December. It shows about $33,900 left on hand after spending about $15,800.
That’s compared with the $67,900 raised by Gonzalez. She reports spending about $41,100 and having about $7,000 left. Former state Rep. Norma Chávez was a distant third, hauling in about $5,100 in contributions. She reports about $60,700 on hand and has an outstanding loan balance of $75,000, according to her filing.
Blanco, a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is a Navy veteran and has worked as an aide to former U.S. Reps. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, and Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio. Gonzalez defeated Chávez in the 2010 primary runoff election and was unopposed in 2012. Chávez served 14 years in the Texas House and was first elected in 1996.