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Latina politicians battling in Texas

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Two Latinas are battling it out in Texas — and, no, they’re not clawing at each other over a suave macho like in some novela. What they’re after is a vacant state senate seat.

From Fox News Latino:

“Two Hispanic women are vying for the Texas Senate seat left vacant by the death of Mario Gallegos Jr. a few weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

Gallegos, a Democrat, was the first Hispanic to represent District 6, a now-70-percent Latino area in Harris County.

The senator died on Oct. 14 of liver problems. Texas law says that if a candidate dies within 74 days of the election, his name remains on the ballot.

In this case, the deceased Gallegos beat Republican rival R.W. Bray, meaning that a special election will now be necessary.”

Governor Rick Perry, the now-mythic former Republican presidential candidate, is charged with scheduling the special election anytime between December 15 and February 5. But the two Latinas, Carol Alvarado and Sylvia Garcia, are hoping one of them will have filled the seat by the time the new legislative session begins in January.

No matter happens, the people of Texas’s 6th District will have a Latina representing them in the state legislature in just a few short months — a proud moment for the people of the district, Latinos of the state, and Latinos everywhere.

And the rise of the Latina continues.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Who really cares if they are Latinas. What matters is that whoever is elected works to help the people of her district. Your enthusiasm over their Latinaness is just Latino chauvinism, similar to the way most Latinos and Afro Americans only voted for Obama because he was “brown”. Vote for character not because they are Latina.

  2. ^What he said, but let me know if they start getting naked and mud-wrestling.

  3. That would be hilarious if they got naked and mud wrestled.

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