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Williams’ Campaign Denies Candidate Dropped out of Congressional Race

Recently we shared with you the interviews of each running for the 16th Congressional District here in El Paso.

Ben Carnevale, campaign manager for Samuel Williams, called me this evening with a bit of strange news.

“It seems,” according to Mr. Carnevale, “that someone is reporting that Mr Williams has dropped out of the current Congressional race.”

I was a pointed to the Ballotpedia website, by both Mr. Carnevale and Mr. Williams. It seems that Ballotpedia is stating that Williams has dropped out of the race before the general election.

I contacted Ballotpedia, by phone and email, asking who reported that Williams has dropped out of the campaign, and why they (Ballotpedia) neglected to contact anyone with the Williams campaign to verify if he was still standing for election, or now.

Ballotpedia responded Monday morning with the following statement, via email:

Hi Steven, 

Thank you for writing! I apologize we were not able to get back to you before your deadline. I am glad that you alerted us to this. His profile has been updated to reflect his current candidacy. Our team checks our own candidate lists against the secretary of state. When he was not listed there, he was marked as withdrawn. Now that we know he is running as a write-in candidate we have updated his profile. 
Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns!


Kristen Vonasek

The other site which is reporting Mr. Williams as dropping out, I’ve reached out to them as well, and they have removed their post.

Snapshot of Ballotpedia Page.

“Mr. Williams is not dropping out of the race,” says Carnevale. “We have zero intentions of withdrawing. The fact is, we are gaining momentum among our constituents here in El Paso.”

Carnevale said that observing the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and how it has split the country along party lines is just one example of why Mr Williams is running.

“Sam Williams wants to work for everyone regardless of party lines,” said Carnevale. “As we’ve spoken to voters in El Paso we see a growing desire to put an end to this kind of partisan politics.”

“In the past, we have seen partisan politics at work with both dirty campaigns as wells as outright smear campaigns. To me it is the lowest form of politics for anyone to erroneously report that I’ve dropped out,” says Sam Williams, candidate for Congress.

So, to clarify, there are still four candidates running for the 16th Congressional District out of El Paso, Texas: Samuel Williams, Veronica Escobar, Ben Mendoza and Rick Seeberger.

For more info, you may also visit each candidate’s website:

Rick Seeberger for Congress  |  Samuel Williams for Congress   |  Veronica Escobar for Congress  |  Ben Mendoza for Congress

About Steven Cottingham

Steven Cottingham is a writer, photographer, and poet. In addition to his work for the El Paso Herald-Post, he is a videographer for AJ+, is launching a weekly podcast based on his forthcoming book, “Leap of Fatih” which will be released November 2018 from HarperCollins. Through his company, Still Going Somewhere, he is producing a series of micro-documentaries with individuals who have survived the Holocaust. You can contact Steven at 915-201-0918, or by email at To learn more about Steven, visit his webpage at

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  1. I hope one can discover who did this. The one that should drop from the election is Ben Mendoza.

  2. Good. I was told by a guy that touts Seeberger that Williams had left the race.

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