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Texas Tribune, local lawmakers to visit EPCC to discuss 86th Texas Legislature

Early next month, the Texas Tribune will be hosting a recap discussion on El Paso and the 86th legislative session.

The Texas Tribune, along with local lawmakers, are touring the state with a series of post-session events recapping the major policy debates of the 86th Texas Legislature and what they mean for Texas’ largest cities and surrounding communities.

The conversation, moderated by Evan Smith co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune, will cover a wide-range of topics, from public education, taxes, immigration, health care, spending and other consequential matters.

The discussion will feature El Paso-area legislators, including state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps. César Blanco, Art Fierro, Joe Moody and Lina Ortega.

This free event will take place on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center Auditorium. The event is free, open to the public and includes a light lunch.

Lunch and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. MT, followed by the conversation at noon.

For more information and to RSVP click here.

César Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation and International Relations & Economic Development committees. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, Blanco served as a military intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy.

Art Fierro, D-El Paso, is currently serving his first term representing House District 79 after a 2019 special election. He sits on the House Agriculture & Livestock and Elections committees. Previously, Fierro served as chair of the El Paso Community College Board of Trustees.

Joe Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as vice chair of the House Calendars Committee and sits on the Business & Industry, Criminal Jurisprudence and Redistricting committees. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor in the El Paso County District Attorney’s office.

Lina Ortega, D-El Paso, has represented House District 77 since 2017. She sits on the House Administration, Public Health and Transportation committees. Previously, she served as chair of the El Paso County Ethics Commission and is past president of the Women’s Bar Association and the El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association. Ortega practices law in an El Paso law firm.

José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He serves as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation and Water & Rural Affairs committees. Rodríguez also serves as chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.

Democrat Wins Special Election to Replace Pickett, 2 Democrats Headed to Runoff to Replace Alvarado

Two special elections for the Texas House concluded Tuesday night, one ending in a clear-cut victory and the other in a runoff.

In El Paso, Democrat Art Fierro won the special election to replace former state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who stepped down earlier this month due to health issues. And in Houston, Democrats Christina Morales and Melissa Noriega advanced to a runoff for the seat previously held by ex-state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, who won a promotion to the state Senate last month.

Fierro, the chairman of the El Paso Community College board, prevailed in a three-way race for House District 79, getting 53 percent of the vote. Fellow Democrat Michael Noe, a former member of the El Paso City Council, finished second with 27 percent, while Republican activist Hans Sassenfeld came in third with 20 percent.

Fierro will finish Pickett’s term, which goes until January 2021.

In the race to succeed Alvarado in House District 145, which featured eight candidates, Morales got 36 percent of the vote and Noriega 31 percent. Morales is the president and CEO of her family’s namesake funeral home in Houston’s East End. Noriega is a former Houston City Council member who temporarily held the HD-145 seat in 2005 while Rick Noriega, the incumbent and her husband at the time, served in the military overseas.

In a statement, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa congratulated Morales and Noriega on advancing to a runoff and said they are “both uniquely qualified to represent the people of Houston in the Texas House.” He also noted that both HD-145 and HD-79 “will remain in strong Democratic hands tonight.”

The sole Republican in the HD-145 contest, Martha Fierro, finished third with 25 percent of the vote. None of the remaining candidates — four other Democrats and a Libertarian — cleared 3 percent.

In both special elections, all precincts were in Tuesday night. Returns were unofficial.

Tuesday’s special elections were not the last ones the calendar. There will be another on Feb. 12 to fill the seat of former state Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, now a Bexar County commissioner. Early voting in that race began Monday.

Author: PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

EPCC Board Chair Elected to National Post

Art Fierro, Board Chair for El Paso Community College, was recently elected to be the Diversity Committee Representative for the Western Region for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

The Diversity Committee ensures leadership for the involvement of historically underrepresented diverse populations within the governance activities of ACCT.

“The EPCC Board of Trustees has been focused on finding innovative strategies to bridge achievement gaps, promote student achievement and help ensure access for a greater number of students,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said.  “We are honored to have Board Chair, Mr. Art Fierro advocating for diversity in community colleges at the national level and representing our unique perspective from the border region.”

The purpose of the committee is to promote respect for and acceptance of diverse individuals and promotes awareness and educational opportunity for underrepresented populations.  Fierro will play a key role advising the ACCT Board by strengthening the links with minority membership, identifying issues that require member input, and recommending strategies to improve diversity at community colleges.

Fierro, who has served on the EPCC Board of Trustees since 2006 and has been Board Chair since 2012, says that improving diversity has been a critical priority for him.  He has provided the strategic leadership on the Board of Trustees that has resulted in numerous accolades for the college and created successful student outcomes.

“As a Latino and the father of a college-aged son in the Marine Corp and a young daughter who will be part of the community college graduating class of 2027, I see firsthand the need to create a college-going culture along with ensuring access and improving diversity,” Fierro said.

Community colleges, like EPCC, provide students access to high quality and affordable education.  The EPCC perspective is necessary on the national level.  The college’s location on the U.S./Mexico border where the majority of students are low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented youth and adult learners provides a valuable perspective. Fierro says he believes that community colleges are the best way for our nation to achieve its economic and educational goals.

He describes the impact of higher education and wants to share the successful results achieved at EPCC with other institutions.     “Serving as the Western Region Diversity Representative, I want to share my perspective and lead with a vision that is inclusive of all students and communities,” Fierro said.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

The mission of El Paso Community College is to provide accessible, quality and affordable education that prepares students for academic, professional and personal growth and advance our regional workforce.

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