Race to replace Congressman Green draws Hispanic leaders

- Microseconds -- that's how long it took for leading Hispanic politicos to pull the trigger in pursuit of the Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Gene Green.

Stretching through large portions of Houston's north and east side, the 29th Congressional District has a population that's 77 percent Latino.

State Senator Sylvia Garcia, who first sought to represent the 29th a quarter century ago, is looking to trade her desk in Austin for a seat in the nation's capital.

"It's an opportunity that Hispanics cannot miss. We've got to wake up," said Garcia who also praises the representation delivered by Green.

The 67-year-old former Harris County Commissioner sees Congress as the ideal platform to battle Trump-driven policies which she believes persecutes immigrants and reduces access to health care.    

"I've been a voice for many who are hurting and being left behind and forgotten. I want to go to Washington for those who don't have a champion, who need a stronger champion to fight the fight for working families," said Garcia.

Undaunted by Garcia's bid, State Representative Armando Walle believes his decade of legislative service, impressive rise from humble circumstance and close relationship with the highly regarded Green will resonate with hard-working voters in communities like Aldine, Pasadena and Galena Park.

"It's been instilled in me to give back to our community. My goal would be that the constituents also take a chance on me, to know that my heart is in the right place, that I will be tenacious on their behalf and do the right thing, always come back home and always do the right thing by them," said the 39-year-old Walle.

The race is likely to become more crowded with State Rep. Carol Alvarado expressing interest and former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia seen as a likely participant.

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