By the Democrat
a.k.a. Steve Walker (pictured in red shirt)
Joe Farias reads to children
A large Southside crowd attended the grand opening of the campaign headquarters for Joe Farias, Democratic candidate for State Rep. District 18th, The 10 a.m. event was held Saturday, June 24th at 2804 Pleasanton, directly across from Carroll Bell Elementary School.
The open house attracted numerous elected officials, candidates and former elected officials to the Southside. Elected officials who attended included: State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, Judges Michael Mery and Barbara Nellermoe, Balcones Heights Councilman Steve Walker, San Antonio City Councilman District 3, Roland Guterriez and Harlandale board members Michael Tejeda and David Abundis.
Other elected and former elected officials included: Constable Ruben Tejeda, DemVets Chairman Larry Romo, and former Harlandale board members Gracie Acuna and Connie Sonnen. Democratic Candidates included: JP candidate Ricardo Martinez, Probate Court Judicial candidate Barbie Scharf-Zeldes and District Judge candidate Peter Sakai.
Farias addressed the crowd on educational issues and pointed out that the Republican led state legislature did nothing but “compress taxes.” He reminded the crowd that the state dropped the ball and dumped the responsibility of raising local property taxes to local school districts.
A former member of the Harlandale Board of Trustees himself, Farias, a Viet Nam veteran, is also a member of VFW Post 9186. Farias’s wife of 35 years, Angie, and three of their four sons: Gabe, Joey and Jaime were on hand for the event.
In other Farias related news
The former Harlandale School Trustee is leading his Republican opponent George Antuna in campaign contributions going into the November election.
Records show that during the special session of the Legislature. Farias received more than $15-thousand dollars in campaign contributions, while Antuna raised nearly 13-thousand dollars during the same time period.
While Antuna reported the second highest amount for a Republican and tenth overall, former Harlandale school trustee Joe Farias, was sixth overall in contributions this spring. The seat is currently being held by Carlos Uresti who will be promoted to the State Senate in January.
Antuna was one of several Republican contenders who received $3,000 contributions from the Associated Republicans of Texas.
Gail Beagle, former Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez’s chief of staff hosted another fundraiser for Farias this past week. No details of how much money was raised, is currently available.