This creates new opportunities for Latinos. Joaquin Castro could run in Gonzalez’s central San Antonio district instead of the weird IH 35 district that connects southeast Travis County to southeast Bexar County, the shape of which arguably violates the requirement that districts must be compact and contiguous. [The Texas Tribune is reporting that Castro will announce that he is running in CD-20 tomorrow morning.] Other possible beneficiaries are Trey Martinez-Fischer, Jose Menendez, and Michael Villarreal. The Constitution of the United States does not require a congressional candidate to be a resident of the district he or she seeks to represent. State Senator Carlos Uresti may also want to take a look. The new 35th district is a safe Latino seat, so it could also appeal to pols who hold local offices.
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