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State Rep. Chavez announces re-election bid

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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.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 11, 2009 at 12:19 am

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  1. when will she disclose who paid for room and board at UT?

    Please let us know how we get on that gravy train!

    Not David K

    September 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

  2. Yes, I have all the records of the bank withdrawals made by my parents for my education, my credit card receipts the last 2 semesters for my books, and personal canceled checks.

    In fact, it is common knowledge that my father bought a house in the Barrio of East Austin in the 80’s when I was going to UT the first time. When I moved back to El Paso to help my Dad with the gas station (like David K I worked for the family business) we rented out the house. When I was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1997 I moved back in.

    I have never paid for the house with campaign funds or state funds. Together my family and I have paid the mortgage, and taxes with our own income.

    Rep. Norma Chavez

    September 11, 2009 at 8:31 am

  3. Not David K, your question borders on idiocy. Chavez did not live at a UT dormitory, therefore no room and board.

    Like Shapleigh or Chente or any other member of the Legislature, legislators have second homes or apartments in Austin.

    Al Capone

    September 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

  4. Ms. Chavez,

    Come on now, if this is really you, where is the threat? See, what you have done when you’re not campaigning, is you threaten people in your responses. Save the denials, we’ve watched you for years, and your recent “everybody come to my party” is hard to believe, considering what you put in text messages to Representative Marquez.

    Suddenly, you are concerned about your public image? How amusing. Is this the portion of the “programming” where you tell us all about how YOU got us the medical school again? Be sure to mention how Craddick got all of that started for you, and remind us again all about your emails and shout outs to Senator Shapleigh over the years.

    Yeah, you’re “powerful”. So, come on honey. Get Paul Strelzin lined up for you and start the threat-fest!


    September 13, 2009 at 3:59 am

  5. Congratulations Norma! “the story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough, its about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best”-President Barack Obama.

    Richard Martinez

    September 13, 2009 at 11:25 pm

  6. sito the moderator. i guess shap is you hero since you wont post things that show him in a bad light.


    September 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

  7. nice try carol…her”Tardeada” was packed with elected officials, friends, and politicians looking for votes…why didn’t you show up? she will win going away!

    the strelz

    September 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

  8. So Norma, if your family is so well off that they maintain a home (excuse me a home in “the Barrio”) for you in Austin and pay all your school bills – why did you need lobbyists to pay for your first party?

    By the way I loved the Tardeada – great food.

    Too Tired To Care

    September 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  9. Paul Strelzin

    I didn’t have to wait long, did I? So, what is the “deal” between you two this time? She had a party, one of many, loaded it with a bunch of people who have agendas, and this makes her a good public face? Kind of like you are a good public voice for, say, EPISD?



    September 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

  10. The party was well attended, good food and many elected representatives. Norma was gracious to everyone, and presented a good message no one could argue with by encouraging people to attend college and value education.

    El Paso

    September 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

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