Norma Chavez

Gonzalez wins in El Paso

Apr 14, 2010 By Paul Burka

Norma Chavez bit the dust. The outcome was a foregone conclusion after Chavez brought up Gonzalez’s sexual orientation and was condemned by most of her peers in local politics. She had just made too many folks mad over the years with her bellicosity and her boasts about her influence in…

The House runoffs

Mar 25, 2010 By Paul Burka

NORMA CHAVEZ vs. NAOMI GONZALEZ (El Paso) [revised] This is the only runoff on the Democratic side. It has become a proxy fight between TLR and the Trials, like the Rios Ybarra-Lozano race. Chavez is attacking Gonzalez for taking money from Texans for Lawsuit Reform — some 88% of her…

Chavez in dead heat; big money pouring in

Feb 27, 2010 By Paul Burka

The El Paso Times is reporting today the results of a new poll in the HD 76 race between incumbent Norma Chavez and attorney Naomi Gonzalez. Chavez’s eleven point lead in a previous poll (41.6%-30%) has melted away. The latest poll by The Reuel Group has Chavez with 38% of…

Chavez’s race and the committee appointments issue

Nov 9, 2009 By Paul Burka

Tea-leaves readers in El Paso note that Norma Chavez has been touting her committee appointments around town lately, which they interpret as a sign that she will run for reelection rather than for Eliot Shapleigh’s now-vacant Senate seat. I have written about the Senate race previously, and other bloggers are…

Chavez having second thoughts?

Oct 27, 2009 By Paul Burka

The story in the El Paso Times was very peculiar. State Rep. Norma Chávez, D-El Paso, told an audience in Austin this week that she was running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Eliot Shapleigh. Chávez, reached later by telephone, backed away from the declaration she…

Shapleigh’s potential successors

Oct 18, 2009 By Paul Burka

Newspaper Tree, an online newsletter about all things El Paso, says that Norma Chavez and county attorney Jose Rodriguez are likely candidates. The paper quotes Joe Pickett as saying that his phone is ringing off the wall and includes mayor John Cook as someone who might be interested.


Oct 16, 2009 By Paul Burka

The text of the release: "In our family, public service is the highest calling. While other public service may lie ahead, I will not run for the Texas Senate in 2010. During each day of the last decade, we have endeavored to do our very best for the people of our great community and state. In public life, especially in Texas during this decade, doing what’s right, not what’s expedient is what matters. I am grateful to the people who elected me for the opportunity to serve.” A press conference is scheduled for noon today at Shapleigh's district office in El Paso. * * * * Shapleigh's departure will surely touch off a wild scramble to succeed him. The legislative delegation is Norma Chavez, Marissa Marquez, Chente Quintanilla, Joe Pickett, and Joe Moody. Chavez is probably the best placed of the group. She has been around for awhile, and she has grass roots support. Moody and Marquez are freshman legislators. Quintanilla is one of the least effective members in the House. Pickett is able but flubbed his big chance to pass a decent transportation bill. The local business community is beside itself over the ineffectiveness of the delegation as a whole. Their top priority was funding a new building at the local branch of the Texas Tech medical school. They got nada. The next goal is to authorize the local branch of the med school to have its own president, so that it will have the same status as the one in Lubbock rather than remaining a stepchild. In the long run, the El Paso tail is going to end up wagging the Lubbock dog, because El Paso is a much bigger city than Lubbock with a much more diverse patient base. I can't imagine that Woody Hunt, Paul Foster, and other business leaders are going to sit back and let Norma Chavez be elected senator. Mayor John Cook is a possible choice. Shapleigh played an important role in the Senate, but it was not one that served his local community well. He chose to be a gadfly, who saw his job as shining a spotlight on the shortcomings of the Republican majority and state leadership. His research and published criticism have done a great deal to bring the shortcomings of state government to light, but they cost him good committee appointments. He had little to look forward to except more of the same. I will let Shapleigh have the last word in reviewing his career, from his press release: