Maya Angelou was quoted as saying that, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Many people along the border region, which is majority Hispanic, do not like the direction our country is headed. particularly our congressional representation in Washington DC. Rather than complain and sit back and just let the issues phase off, one individual is taking matters into her own hands and is holding her congressman accountable.
Judith Ann Canales, encountered Congressman Will Hurd (R) -TX23, at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas and advised him that she would be running against him for his seat. “I went up to him, introduced myself. Congressman, my name is Judy Canales. I am a constituent of yours, and now I am your opponent.” I extended my hand and shook his hand.”
Both individuals are expected to sign up for their respective parties primaries during the November/December signing up period.
Canales a long time constituent of TX23 has every right to exercise her desire to change the direction that the district is going in and run for the position.
Canales’ throwing down of the gauntlet at Hurd’s feet may have been a littke premature as she has to contend with a bench of heavyweights on the Democratic side in the primary.
Judith A. Canales began her career in politics as an intern with Congressman Abraham “Chick” Kazen, went on to head the MRGDC (Middle Rio Grand Development Council), and served with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) under the Clinton and Obama presidencies. Gina Ortiz Jones who is an Iraq veteran and former Air Force intelligence officer who served as special adviser to the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her last job was as director for investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she reviewed foreign investments for security risks. Jay Hulings is a federal prosecutor with experience in immigration, corruption and intelligence cases, in the Western District of Texas, first in Del Rio and then in San Antonio. Rick Treviño, a San Antonio City Council candidate, school teacher and Bernie Sanders delegate, rounds out this long list of contenders for the Democratic Primary.
Will Hurd however will not go unchallenged in his primary either, Alma Arredondo-Lynch, an ultra “constitutional conservative” Tea Party rancher from Concan will challenge Hurd in the Republican Primary. The winners of both primaries will then, face off in the November 2018 general election.