State Rep. Chavez announces re-election bid
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CHAVEZ RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF AND CELEBRATION
Chávez joined by Reps. Jessica Farrar,Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Rep. Joaquin Castro V-Chair of the Higher Education Committee, and area college graduates
EL PASO – State Representative Norma Chávez will formally announce her re-election campaign at her campaign kick-off and community graduation celebration on Sunday, September 13th at the El Paso Fire Fighters Hall, 3113 Forney Lane from 2PM – 6PM. The free public event will feature live music including Star Chacon, Cuarteto S’cala, and dance music plus BBQ, sausage, beverages and door prizes. The public is invited to attend. The campaign kick-off is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of recent non-traditional college graduates from area colleges including UTEP, University of Phoenix, and El Paso Community College. In addition information from area colleges will be distributed to those interested in resuming their higher education studies. “My campaign kick-off theme is ‘If I can do it, so can you’ because we are encouraging others that it is never to late to go back to college and get that degree,” said Rep. Chavez.
On May 23rd, 2009, Rep. Chávez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Government and a Business minor. Rep. Chávez resumed her coursework at UT after last attending in the 1980s. Prior to attending UT, Rep. Chávez completed coursework at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Angelo State University.
According to statistics provided by UTEP over 5300 students left UTEP between the years 2005 – 2009 with at least 100 hours of coursework completed, but without a degree. “My higher education journey is not rare, it is quite common,” said Rep. Chávez. “The degree, however, makes a big difference in pay and job placement,” added Chavez.
Other recently graduated students over the age of 40 who will join Rep. Chávez include:
* Judy Lugo – University of Phoenix
* Richard and Evelyn Martinez – University of Phoenix
* Bryan Marusich – El Paso Community College
* Maria Xochitl Moya – The University of Texas at El Paso
“We need to demonstrate to others who did not finish college that it is never too late. If we can do it, so can you,” Rep. Chávez said.
Special guests and colleagues Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Higher Education, are attending to honor and support Rep. Chávez.
Rep. Chávez is an accomplished seven-term legislator. Chavez has a long list of accomplishments including having secured funding for the El Paso Medical School, doubled funding for workforce training, created five district and county courts in El Paso, established the Center for Law and Border Studies at UTEP, and established the Texas Tech Diabetes Research Center.
Rep. Chávez is the only member of the El Paso delegation on a budget writing committee. Chavez has served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee for three terms, she serves on the House Appropriations Stimulus Committee, the Defense and Veteran Affairs Committee and the influential Calendars Committee, a committee that determines what bills will be debated on the House floor. Chavez will be seeking her 8th term in the Texas House of Representatives.