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City Rep. Eddie Holguin reacts to criticism over special election

By Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter / Anchor, Ashlie.Rodriguez@kvia.com
Published On: Dec 10 2013 11:24:59 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 07:56:22 PM CST

People react to City Rep. Holguin's special election.

EL PASO, Texas -

 From the ballpark, to tax increases in the budget....

      ... a waste of taxpayer dollars

     City Rep. Eddie Holguin has voted no.
...Where are you going to get the money?

Which is why he's come under heavy criticism for the Shawver Park lights display and now, a special election that could cost the taxpayer anywhere from $180,000 to $250,000 dollars.
Holguin is leaving his job as the city rep for district 6, to run for county judge.

Mos
"if you're going to run for something else: quit. Leave! Don't take another cent. That savings of your salary will have to pay for this election."

Apodaca
This particular action has had some consequences that are going to cost the taxpayer money, and that's not a good thing. Did he weigh the consequences to his action? What do these actions tell us? Is he saying one thing and doing another? One could come to that conclusion.

Businesswoman Aliana Apodoca is also running for county judge. Current County Judge Veronica Escobar had this to say:
"Forcing the City to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars so Mr. Holguin can advance his own political ambitions does not put taxpayers first."

Holguin
You know my opponents can say whatever they want for political gain but the reality is that an election was already going to be had for a municipal judge, which has enormous costs citywide. A district race being added to that race really has no cost.

Holguin says he says the only reason he decided to run is because
is running for a bigger court.

Olivo's election is citywide, which costs $180,000
Holguin's is only districtwide -- costing around $35 to $55,000

When I decided to run for county judge, I knew the city was already going to have a special election.
 

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