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Many would be surprised to know that Nena and I voted for Erasmo in his City Commissioner At-Large B race against incumbent Rose Gowen. (Nena and I use the mail-in ballot since Nena's three strokes. Remi Garza's staff has been incredible in sending these ballots out.)
Nena and I stayed up all night agonizing about our participation. We decided not to work in soiling a young woman's career, especially when voters in her district were not supportive. The primary issue involving Melissa was a communication tower built in her district in a residential area. Those living adjacent to the tower were not willing to sign a petition to recall Zamora, so why should we pursue it?
Fast forward to 2017: Erasmo is running against one of the most anti-constituent commissioners in the history of Brownsville. Hyperbole? No. Gowen has shown consistent arrogance in dealing with voters, even signing emails from those questioning her projects with "Ugh, Dr. Rose Gowen."
Yes, "Ugh, Rose." Your arrogance stinks to high heaven and we're tired of it.
At least Erasmo will listen.
There is, of course the matter or residency. Erasmo doesn't really live in Brownsville, just as Jessica Tetreau didn't really live in District 2 in 2011 or Ed Rivera live in Brownsville in the recent Port of Brownsville election.
I suspect Tony and Rose will bring out this residency issue if Erasmo gets more votes in May, but we just couldn't vote for Rose.