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El Paso County Elections Office gives rough estimate for special election
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:49pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — A special election to replace a city representative will cost taxpayers $50,000 to $70,000, according to the El Paso County Elections office. Some city officials said this pricey option is actually a cost saving measure. That special election will be held district wide in parts of the Lower Valley and Far East El Paso as opposed to citywide which will ultimately save the taxpayer money.
David borunda lives in City Rep. Eddie Holguin’s district and we explained the potential cost of the special election, “Well, I think it's a good idea, I think it's about time he stepped down,” David Borunda responded.
Holguin ran for County Judge earlier this year and lost. According to Texas law, when he ran he automatically resigned his position in District 6. The law aside, Holguin feels there's something else to the push for a new election, “But some council members have their own personal agendas. And would like me seen gone a little sooner than later even if it is just two months,” City Rep. Eddie Holguin said.
Those feelings aside, the District 6 Rep reflected on his 9-years in office. "We've really enhanced the quality of life for people of Ysleta de Mission Valley and the East Side. And I think we've done a great job and I'm happy to go back to the private sector,” Holguin reflected.
Although the cost to run a special election will cost tens of thousands of dollars, the city claims, it actually saves taxpayers money. "So that is the most affordable way for us to proceed. Not having to do a special election just throughout the entire city. This allows us to only have an election in the district which saves us hundreds of thousands of dollars,” City Rep. Cortney Niland, District 8 said.
But not all on council agreed -- City Rep Lily Limon, District 7 said there is a cheaper option. Waiting to replace Holguin until the general election in November, "I think that, that's my concern, the cost of it. The council voted previously but to do this it was not a unanimous decision,” City Rep. Lily Limon, District 7 explained.
Most of council opted for the special election because they said they did not want District 6 constituents to be without a representative. Potential candidates can file starting Wednesday until the 19th of May.
Early voting begins July 2nd and the special election will take place July 19th.