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Volume 71, Issue 61, Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Salinas endorsed by ex-opponents

Runoff election Dec. 10 puts two UH alumnae in race 
to fill vacant House District 143 seat

Cougar News Staff

With a runoff election more than two weeks away, the four candidates who were eliminated in the Nov. 8 election have endorsed Laura Salinas, a recent UH graduate and former Student Government Association student regent, who they said would be an independent voice for House District 143.

If all four candidates' supporters follow suit, Salinas could have enough votes to beat out Ana Hernandez, another UH alumna, who received 42 percent in the first election, compared to Salinas' 26 percent.

"I think we all have something in common here. We all want effective representation for our community in Austin," Salinas said in a release. She and the four candidates -- Al Flores, Charles George, Rick Molina and Dorothy Olmos -- held a press conference Nov. 15 to announce their alliance. 

Salinas and Hernandez will face each other in a runoff election Dec. 10 to fill the seat left by the late state Rep. Joe Moreno, D-Houston, who died in May. 

"We have been running nothing but a positive campaign, and I was fortunate to get 43 percent of the constituents who came out last week to vote for me," Hernandez, a former aide to Moreno, told the Chronicle in response to the endorsements. 

"I've been very, very honored to have so much support from the community, elected officials, teachers, firefighters, police and unions," Hernandez told the Chronicle. 

For now, Salinas will have to take advantage of the new political capital to mobilize voters.

"I look forward to campaigning with these four respected community leaders over the next few weeks and am confident we'll see victory on Dec. 10," Salinas said.

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