Thursday, March 20, 2008

Press: Montemayor Welcomes Crabb to Race

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joe Montemayor-281-452-6888


Democratic candidate for Texas House District 127 Joe Montemayor extends his congratulations to Joe Crabb on his Primary victory. Republican incumbent Joe Crabb held on to earn another shot at re-election in November; however, he was held to 7399 votes. “Given the more balanced political make-up of the district, as was exhibited in this primary election, I would also like to invite Rep. Crabb to openly and honestly discuss the issues that most affect the people of our district, such as K-12 and community college funding, Children's Health Insurance, and services for seniors and the disabled.”

Democrat Joe Montemayor collected 10,061 votes while unopposed, and is now better prepared than most challengers have been at this point in the campaign to challenge Crabb. “We will now begin the process of introducing Mr. Montemayor to a greatly expanded list of voters of District 127, while also showing voters the policy differences between him and the incumbent,” said Montemayor campaign manager, Stace Medellin adding, “I believe the voters will not only see the differences, but will be able to decide who of the two candidates represents them best in Austin based on those issues.”

And with an increasingly balanced electorate, Montemayor feels that the opportunity exists for a strong candidate to attract independents and disaffected Republicans; however, he will also put much effort into bringing out voters in oft-ignored Channelview, Barrett Station, Highlands, and Crosby. “I am looking forward to reaching every voter, while being inclusive of those areas beyond Kingwood and Atascocita, so that we can have a frank and honest discussion about the issues that affect all of our constituents.”

At the Kingwood early voting location, Democrats accounted for 46% of all votes. In other parts of District 127, which includes Crosby, Barrett Station, Atascocita, and Channelview, Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans. “However one analyzes it, there has been exponential growth in the number of identified Democrats in District 127,” said Montemayor, adding, “and it’s about time.”

A retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, Montemayor offers 29 years of public service experience, working with the Department of Homeland Security and serving in the United States Navy. “As a professional in the public sector, I learned first-hand the need for responsiveness and high-quality constituency services, which District 127 has been lacking,” added Montemayor, “The people of District 127 will notice the change in service, the change in priorities, and the added incentive of experience when I begin to serve.”

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