Early voting may have ended, but Election Day on Tuesday, May 29 is a mere 3 days away—and we have a lot of work left to do to ensure that together we are able to celebrate victory.
Yesterday, KXAN News in Austin highlighted the good efforts of your neighbor, veteran Raul Rosa and his wife Guadalupe in pounding the pavement to get out the vote:
“Hitting another home, Raul found himself nearly shouting to a potential supporter over the bellowing bark of her dog on the other side of a fence. The woman took his door-hanger and thanked him, before he walked back down the driveway to join his wife.”
“’I’m not going to let a dog stop me,’ he laughed. ‘If it’s out of the fence, I’ll run. It’s worth it to get just one more vote.’”
This weekend, will you join Raul and others like him working to ensure that we are able to get each and every vote so that I can continue serving as your voice in Washington?
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Onward to victory!
Doggett supporters urge early voting
Congressman faces strong Democratic opponent
AUSTIN (KXAN) – With only a few hours left to convince voters to head to the polls, Raul Rosa and his wife Guadalupe pounded the pavement in East Austin on Friday.
“Here, honey,” Raul told his wife, handing her a stack of door-hangers reading “Re-elect Lloyd Doggett.” “Let’s split up. You go this way, and I’ll go that way.”
Covering as much territory as possible on the last day of early voting, the Rosas knew how close this congressional race could be.
In a newly drawn District 35, longtime Congressman Doggett faces a strong competitor in the Democratic primary – Bexar County Tax Assessor Sylvia Romo . While Doggett’s liberal base in Austin still stands, the recently extended area in San Antonio could be to Romo’s advantage.
“This district is predominantly Latino, and I believe that the men and women of this district want a member of Congress who understands their needs and their concerns,” Romo told KXAN. “Not another millionaire who is more concerned about being re-elected and fighting with other politicians to boost his own name recognition.”
Doggett, who was first elected to the House in 1994, was worth as much as $8.3 million in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. While his finances have aided his campaign, supporters like the Rosas said his record speaks for itself.
“I’ve known him for 25 years,” he said. “He always takes my calls.”
Regarding the Latino vote, Raul said he and his wife are proof Doggett can muster support with that group, as well. The neighborhood they canvassed was primarily Spanish-speaking, not a problem for the bilingual couple.
“Without more neighbors like veteran Raul Rosa voting and working this weekend to get neighbors to vote Tuesday, our community won’t have a Democratic voice in Congress,” Doggett told KXAN. “Like every group endorsing in this race, from Tejano Democrats to Firefighters, Raul knows my heart and my commitment to stand up to Rick Perry and extremist Republican policies.”
Hitting another home, Raul found himself nearly shouting to a potential supporter over the bellowing bark of her dog on the other side of a fence. The woman took his door-hanger and thanked him, before he walked back down the driveway to join his wife.
“I’m not going to let a dog stop me,” he laughed. “If it’s out of the fence, I’ll run. It’s worth it to get just one more vote.”