Three local Democratic leaders are endorsing former state Rep. Joe Moody in the only remaining undecided race to represent El Paso in the state legislature.
Sheriff Richard Wiles, County
Attorney Jo Anne Bernal and District Attorney Jaime Esparza announced in a press release that they are backing Moody, a Democrat, in his race against Republican state Rep. Dee
Margo for a seat representing Northeast and West El Paso in the state House.
The two will face-off for the third time on Nov. 6 in the general election race for the House District 78 seat.
“Joe Moody has served in my office as an
Assistant District Attorney for four years, so I obviously know him well and
can speak to his character. Joe reminds me a lot of his dad, District Judge
Bill Moody. Both are hard-working, honest and possess a deep commitment to
seeing justice done. Joe has particularly distinguished himself as a passionate
advocate for crime victims, who deserve all the help we can give them.”
Attorney Jo Anne Bernal:
“In his one term as State Representative,
Joe Moody showed that he clearly understands the needs of domestic violence
victims. Joe passed a bill that bolstered the rights of domestic violence
victims, something we have long needed in this state. He also succeeded in
increasing state funding for domestic violence shelters. If he can do that just
one session, think about what he can accomplish in the years ahead.”
“You hear a lot of politicians talk about
fighting gangs and drug trafficking. Joe Moody actually did it. In just his
first session, Joe passed legislation that gave law enforcement powerful new
tools to fight the cartels and trans-national gangs. His legislation also
created gang-free zones and increased the penalties for recruiting children
into gangs. I am really looking forward to having Joe working with us to make
sure El Paso maintains its reputation as one of the nation’s safest cities.”
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