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Democrats Treviño, Ortiz Jones Race To Face Texas Congressman Will Hurd In November

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(L) Rick Trevino, (R) Gina Ortiz-Jones

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections. In Texas, more than 30 races are in runoffs for a party's official nomination. Early voting for the May 22 primary runoff elections begins May 14. 

Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Treviño face off to represent the Democratic Party in a bid for Texas' 23rd congressional district. The winner will go up against the incumbent, Rep. Will Hurd.

Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, captured 41.5 percent of the vote in the first round of elections in March. Teacher Rick Treviño won 17.5 percent, beating candidate Judy Canales by about 200 votes for a place in the runoff. 

District 23 oversees a significant portion of southwest Texas, stretching from San Antonio to the El Paso area. What issues matter to such a wide range of constituents?

What are each candidate's priorities and what will they bring to the table? 

Guests: 

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982.

Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.