Group Supports Canchola

RECEIVED Wed., March 31, 2004

Dear Editor,
   The Capital Area Progressive Democrats co-hosted an endorsement meeting during which the candidates for Constable Precinct 4 were questioned about their qualifications and backgrounds. During that process concerns were raised regarding Leticia Lugo's campaign against incumbent Constable Maria Canchola.
   Specifically, Lugo was asked about her Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance in which the record shows that she accepted money from a corporation. Under the Texas election law, corporations and labor unions are forbidden from contributing to a candidate's campaign for public office. Her response was that both she and her campaign treasurer are new to politics, but she acknowledged that accepting a corporate donation should not have happened (go to www.capdemocrats.org).
   Also, we could not help but notice that Lugo did not attend any of our monthly meetings, events, service projects, or had any involvement in our voter registration drives. In fact, prior to the endorsement meeting, many of us did not know what she looked liked. At yesterday's Travis County Democratic Convention, neither Lugo nor anyone from her organization appeared.
   Canchola has participated in voter registration drives for years, holds a master peace officer certification and has more than 10 years prior experience working as a deputy constable for Travis County. In addition she mentors at-risk teenage girls and has a solid history as a good Democrat.
   The CAP-D's are proud of their endorsement and continued support for Maria Canchola.
Susan Daniels
Chair, CAP-D's
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