Longtime Congressman Lloyd Doggett is facing one of the fiercest competitions of his career, thanks to recent redistricting. The Democrat is now running in Congressional District 35, which stretches from East Austin to San Antonio.
The southern edge of the district has a heavy Latino voting base, which could be an advantage for his opponent – Bexar County Tax Assessor Sylvia Romo.
Doggett has outraised Romo and has millions at his campaign’s disposal. But in the new, majority Hispanic district, Romo is well-known as someone in public service in Bexar County for 20 years.
“This district is predominantly Latino,” Romo told KXAN, “and I believe that the men and women of this district want a member of Congress who understands their needs and their concerns, not another millionaire who is more concerned about being re-elected and fighting with other politicians to boost his own name recognition.”
But Doggett is drawing supporters in the south part of the district, as he has spent much of his time there. He has also garnered more associations’ endorsements throughout the district, including the Texas State Teachers Associations, Austin Firefighters Association, San Antonio Police Officers Association and several Tejano groups.
“ Like every group endorsing in this race,” Doggett told KXAN, “from Tejano Democrats to Firefighters, Raul (referencing Raul Rosa, a Hispanic voter who block-walked for Doggett in Austin) knows my heart and my commitment to stand up to Rick Perry and extremist Republican policies.”
Still, Romo has gained the support of most Democratic elected officials in San Antonio. But she has not put out any television ads – something that might hurt her.