Another thing I need to do now that the filing deadline has passed is try to learn about some of the late entrants. It turns out that Silvia Mintz, who filed to run in HD132, has a heck of a story to tell.
Twelve years ago, Silvia Mintz came to America with little more than a dream and the desire to earn a living and support her family. She worked minimum-wage jobs as a janitor and nanny just to make ends meet. But to see her today, you would never guess she started out from such humble beginnings.
That’s because over the course of these past 12 years, Mintz has created an entirely new life for herself. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, graduated from law school, passed the bar exam and co-founded her own law firm in Houston, Plake & Mintz, PLLC.
Read it and be impressed. I look forward to meeting her during the campaign. Thanks in part to a large influx of new residents out in the western part of Harris County HD132 was a lot less red than it has been in the past in 2008 – Adrian Garcia got nearly 46% there – and incumbent Bill Callegari hasn’t had a Democratic opponent since 2000, when he was in HD130, so he may be a wee bit out of practice on the campaign trail. If she can raise some money and get some grassroots support going, this race could be a sleeper.