Monday, January 02, 2006

The Big Event

Through one of those wierd coincidences, I wound up going to the Hidalgo County Democratic Party 2006 Democratic Candidate "Weigh In". In case you are new to this blog, I work at a party supply store. We, at the store, were able to perform a service for the event on short notice. This is how I was able to get a ticket for the event. I want to thank Selina Hayes, the Event Coordinator, for the opportunity. She did a great job of putting it all together.

So, this being my first venture into the political realm, and being new to getting information, I went in with one objective: get web addresses. I figure that with all the reporters out there getting little soundbites and misquoting candidates already, I ought to provide a more useful service to the public and to the candidates. Thus, it occurred to me to get web addresses for them all. This way, the public can find out more about the candidates and the candidates can get their messages out to the public. So, I am basically acting as a bridge for information.

So, without further ado, here are the candidates and their sites. I may have missed some. If you want your campaign site listed, send me an email so I can add it. I have to admit that it was wierd asking for just the site. It was funny that people would send for the candidate to come talk to me and all I wanted was the website. They expected more questions, which gave a brief moment of wierdness until they realized I really just wanted the address.

Hidalgo County Clerk
Arturo Guajardo - www.vote4guajardo.com
Balde Morales - www.baldemorales.com

District Clerk of Hidalgo County
Laura Hinojosa - www.laurahinojosa.com

Hidalgo County Commissioner Precinct 2
Gregorio Treviño - no site

Hidalgo County District Attorney
Alma Garza - www.almargarza4da.com
Mauro L. Reyna III - no site

Hidalgo County Judge
JD Salinas - www.jdsalinas.com

Hidalgo County Treasurer
Norma G. Garcia - no site

Governor
Chris Bell - www.chrisbell.com

92nd District Court
Eric Cardenas Jarvis - www.ericcardenasjarvis.com
Ricardo Rodriguez - www.votericardorodriguez.com

Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 1
Jesse Contreras - no site
Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez - no site

Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 6
Albert Garcia - no site

13th Court of Appeals, Pl. 4
Nelda Vidaurri Rodriguez - no site

House of Representatives, District 41
Veronica Gonzalez - http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist41/gonzales.htm

I'm sure there are other candidates for some of the offices. For example, Omar Guerrero is still running for re-election as Hidalgo County District Clerk. Our current DA, Rene Guerra is also running for re-election. And, so is Judge Ramon Garcia. You already know Aaron Peña, Jr's site, he was out on a well-deserved family vacation. So, as more candidates come out and I meet them, I'll provide the information to you and their websites.

My homework tonight is to study the candidates so that I come up with intelligent questions. I did pick up a few phone numbers to call for interviews later. I'd appreciate my readers posting comments with questions you would like for me to ask the candidates. If possible, please specify which candidates you want me to ask your question.

In the coming days, I'll be profiling the candidates for you with as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision in the upcoming elections.
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