Monday, April 25, 2011

District 7 Race

Records reveal info on claims


Documents tell a different story

By ANDREW KREIGHBAUM
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Published: Monday, April 25, 2011 5:29 AM CDT
Talk of arrests and indictments for tampering with official documents, traffic tickets and theft — even death — have been circulating in connection with the race for City Council District VII.

A review of police and court records sheds light on the veracity of the allegations that have followed the race outside of public forums and official campaign advertisements.

It puzzles me why some people run for office sometimes.  Inevitably skeletons in their closets come back to haunt them, or they put forward a half-assed effort.  I realize that things are done differently down here in Laredo, but it's a sad state of affairs when the only information that's accessible to us comes in the form of newspaper investigations into the candidates.  

Everyone's got personal failings of their own.  You deal with them accordingly.  But in running for office, a different approach is warranted.  One could present his or her case directly to the voting public in an honest manner.  Either that or the media has to ask different questions during public forums:  Would there be an issue out there that would hinder, or contradict your campaign message?

Here's one candidate, Hector Lee Patino, who was kind enough to take the time to create some videos for his campaign.





Unfortunately he didn't make it out to the debate hosted by the public access channel.  All I have for him are rehashed campaign lines; New Vision, and New Leadership appear in his commercials.  He wants to widen Mines Rd. to make commuting more efficient.  But with five days left in the election, we find out that he let some traffic tickets go for longer than they should've been.

Jorge Vera and Hector Patino are on Facebook but their profiles don't provide much for anybody to make a decision either way.  Really soon, one of the six candidates will be handling millions of dollars of taxpayer money.   

 

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