Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

DEL RIO – The Pete Gallego for Congress campaign released this Wednesday morning, August 10, 2016, a list of Del Rio supporters who are endorsing Gallego to represent Texas’ 23rd Congressional District in the upcoming November election.

Gallego represented the city of Del Rio for over 20 years during his time in the State Legislature. Pete’s support continues to grow by the day, and includes community leaders of all professions —from business leaders and elected officials, to educators and physicians.

“Donald Trump has made himself a local issue in Del Rio. He denigrates our veterans and our sons and daughters now in uniform, disrespects families of the fallen, wants to build a continuous wall along the border, and insults Mexican-Americans,” said Gallego in a statement. 

“I’m proud to have carried Val Verde County every time I’ve been on the ballot here. As a voice for Del Rio, I will always call out anyone who shows such total disdain for our values, our community, and our kids.”

Gallego said that November 8 will be the date when Del Rioans will show their true colors, by casting their votes.

“On November 8, together we will show Will Hurd and Donald Trump what a strong voice sounds like and what it is that really makes America great – Americans from great places like Del Rio.” 

Lyndsey Rodriguez, Gallego’s campaign spokesperson, said that real leadership means looking people in the eye and being honest with them.

“People in Del Rio know a dodge when they see one. We heard that Congressman Hurd didn’t bother to stick around for questions after his event in Del Rio last week.

“It seems Congressman Hurd has a hard time answering questions that are not emailed to his staff ahead of time. Will Hurd likes his questions like he likes his Dairy Queen ice cream – served soft.”


Del Rio community leaders endorsing Pete Gallego for TX-23 are listed as follows:

Robert ‘Bobby’ Barrera, U.S.M.C., Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Dr. Antonio Cadena, Jr., Local Physician 

Billy Calderon, Community Leader

Javier Calderon, Community Leader 

Victoria Calderon, Community Leader

Eulalio Calderon, Jr., Community Leader

Jaime Chapa, Community Leader 

Rebekah L. Chavez, Local Business Leader 

Roberto Chavira, Former Mayor and Current SFDR-CISD Board Member

Lupita De La Paz, Chair, Val Verde Democratic Party

George De Leon, Community Leader

Alfredo Delgado, Community Leader 

Sergio Diaz, Community Leader 

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Elizalde, City Council Member District 3

Mike Fernandez, Former Val Verde County Judge

Sabrina Fernandez, Attorney and SDEC District 19

Roberto ‘Bobby’ Fernández, Former Mayor and SFDR-CISD Superintendent

Gustavo ‘Gus’ Flores, Val Verde County Commissioner Precinct 4

Charles ‘Chuck’ Garabedian, Local Educator and Candidate for Val Verde County Commissioner Precinct 3

Joey Garcia, Former School Board Member and Val Verde County Appraisal District Member

Rowland Garza, City Council Member at Large - Place B

Philip Garza, Precinct 22 Chair, Val Verde Democratic Party

Lucas Gilliam, Local Business Leader 

Ramiro Guzman, Chairman, Val Verde County Appraisal District Board of Directors

Elizabeth Hanson, Community Leader

Amy Haynes, Secretary, SFDR-CISD School Board

Rose Hernandez, Precinct 40 Chair, Val Verde Democratic Party

Dixie Herrington, Community Leader

Dr. Aurelio Laing III, Local Physician

Kayla Lopez, Local Educator 

Jeffrey Mahl, Local Attorney

Abner Martinez, Val Verde County Surveyor 

Martha Mitchell Bass, Former District Clerk

Antonio Molinar, Community Leader

Roy Musquiz, Jr., Community Leader

Juan Nañez, Community Leader

Poncho Nevárez, Texas State Representative, House District 74

F. David Ortiz, Local Attorney and Precinct 10 Chair, Val Verde Democratic Party

Joshua D. Overfelt, Vice President, SFDR-CISD

Eloy Padilla, Local Attorney

Linda H. Padilla, Retired Local Educator

Fernando Perez, Community Leader

Raul Rivas, Community Leader

Aaron Rodriguez, Val Verde County Treasurer 

John Sheedy IV, City Council Member District 2

Claudio Sotelo, Community Leader

Al Soto, Jr., Community Leader

Dr. Alana Talamantez, Local Educator 

Gregorio Talamantez II, Small Business Owner

Diego Taylor, Local Business Leader

Mauro Valdez, Community Leader

Mariana Valdez Gilliam, Community Leader

Linda Webb, Community Leader

Barry West, Constable, Precinct 2

Thelma Zapata, Precinct 11 Chair, Val Verde Democratic Party