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González Draws Challenger in HD-75 Race

State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, will face a Fabens school board member in the Democratic primary.

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State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, a first-term El Paso County Democrat will face a primary challenger after all. But it isn’t former state Rep. Chente Quintanilla, who was reportedly considering vying for his old seat. Instead, González will face Rey “Coach” Sepulveda, who currently sits on the Fabens ISD school board.

González said in a short statement on Monday that she was ready to discuss the issues affecting HD 75, which also includes Far East El Paso, Fabens, Tornillo, Horizon City and Socorro.

“We've done a lot of good work in the last year, but more work is still needed. Over the past few years we've seen what Austin Republicans think about women, our public schools, and access to health care,” she said. “Our communities need a fighter who will stand up and make sure our voices are heard. We need to go forward, not backwards."

Also this week, Cesar Blanco, a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, made official his intent to oust two-term state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso. Gonzalez also faces former state Rep. Norma Chavez, who represented the city for seven terms before losing to Gonzalez in 2010.

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