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CD35 will still have a contested primary

It won’t be Doggett versus Castro but it still ought to be interesting.

The battle for a newly drawn congressional district will pit two seasoned Democratic politicians against one another: Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Sylvia S. Romo and former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez.

On the first day of filing for the March primaries, Romo said Monday that she plans to run in the 35th Congressional District.

“I will probably file this coming Friday,” she said.

Romo served two terms as a state representative before first winning the seat of tax assessor-collector in 1996. She declined Monday to provide her age. Bexar County records list her as 68.

“Looking at all the problems that this country is facing, with my background and experience, I felt that I could be a part of the solution,” Romo said. “I’m a businesswoman, I’m a CPA, I’m an administrator, I’m a mother, I’m a woman, I’m a Latina — you have all of these facets that will help me to see things in a different light.”

Rodriguez, who is 64, has already filed. I know nothing about Ms. Romo so I don’t have a preferred candidate in this race as yet. As I’ve said before, I’d like to see the next generation of leaders step up and take advantage of opportunities to move up the ladder, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case here. In any event, as this is a fairly strong D district, I’ll be rooting for whoever promises to be the best progressive candidate. We’ll see how it goes.

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  1. RBearSAT says:

    Plaza de Armas is now reporting that former District 4 Councilman Richard Perez is considering running for the office. Perez is currently president and CEO of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson was considering running but has since decided against it.

    I agree with you about getting a new crop of candidates into some of these races. We have got to start growing the bench. Some people have expressed “Ciro fatigue” as a reason to look at other candidates. They feel Ciro has had his chance at that seat and it’s time for him to permanently retire from the office.

    At least we won’t have the Castro-Doggett fight or Castro-another San Antonio Democrat fight.

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