"Minorities don't feel top-ticket excitement"

...is the headline of Gromer Jeffers' DMN article.

Not long after candidates had filed to run in this year's local and state elections, La Joya Mayor Billy Leo went to work trying to help Democrats win.

But the South Texan's focus was not on the races for governor, lieutenant governor or other statewide offices. In Hidalgo County, the hottest primary race pits County Judge Ramon Garcia against challenger J.D. Salinas.

"Nobody is paying any attention to the top of the ticket," Mr. Leo said. "We're all wondering, who are these people? There is no excitement at the top of both parties. Other than Carole Strayhorn, there is nothing to talk about."

In a state where minorities are expected to one day be the key to political power, Mr. Leo and others are wondering why the biggest races this year are devoid of any popular, well-financed Hispanic or black contenders in either party.

Some blame the Democratic and Republican parties for not stepping up their outreach and grooming minorities to run for the state's highest offices. Others say minority candidates are still waiting for demographic shifts that would make statewide candidacies more feasible.

"The Democratic Party is not really spreading out," Mr. Leo said. "Where is the diversity? Where are the fresh candidates?"

All of the major Republicans running for statewide offices this year are white, except two incumbent Supreme Court justices. Democrats can claim Hispanic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, but they are little-known.

If this gubernatorial election ends up as a base/turn out election, it wouldn't be good for a substantial portion of the Democratic base to be unmotivated to vote.
...is the headline of Gromer Jeffers' DMN article.
Not long after candidates had filed to run in this year's local and state elections, La Joya Mayor Billy Leo went to work trying to help Democrats win.

But the South Texan's focus was not on the races for governor, lieutenant governor or other statewide offices. In Hidalgo County, the hottest primary race pits County Judge Ramon Garcia against challenger J.D. Salinas.

"Nobody is paying any attention to the top of the ticket," Mr. Leo said. "We're all wondering, who are these people? There is no excitement at the top of both parties. Other than Carole Strayhorn, there is nothing to talk about."

In a state where minorities are expected to one day be the key to political power, Mr. Leo and others are wondering why the biggest races this year are devoid of any popular, well-financed Hispanic or black contenders in either party.

Some blame the Democratic and Republican parties for not stepping up their outreach and grooming minorities to run for the state's highest offices. Others say minority candidates are still waiting for demographic shifts that would make statewide candidacies more feasible.

"The Democratic Party is not really spreading out," Mr. Leo said. "Where is the diversity? Where are the fresh candidates?"

All of the major Republicans running for statewide offices this year are white, except two incumbent Supreme Court justices. Democrats can claim Hispanic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, but they are little-known.

If this gubernatorial election ends up as a base/turn out election, it wouldn't be good for a substantial portion of the Democratic base to be unmotivated to vote.

Posted by Evan @ 01/09/06 10:36 PM

 
 

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