Candidate Drops Out of Crowded Race for El Paso City Council District 1
With less than one month until the November 8th elections, the field of candidates just got slightly smaller.
Freddy Klayel Avalos unexpectedly announced that he is dropping out of the race for the city council seat for District 1. Klayel Avalos also announced that he will be stepping down from the Board of Directors for the El Paso Independent School District.
In a prepared statement Klayel Avalos said, “I have a new set of challenges in my personal life that will prevent me from being able to entirely focus on EPISD or a political campaign.”
This announcement leaves six candidates for the District 1 seat. The remaining candidates are Brian Kennedy, Analisa Cordova Silverstein, Deliris Montanez Berrios, Dave Jones, Lauren Ferris, and Erin Tague.
There aren’t any official polls for the city council races. But if the number of campaign signs is any indication, Freddy is one of the front runners along with Brian Kennedy and Analisa Cordova Silverstein.
District 1 encompasses MOST of the Westside of El Paso and the Upper Valley. The district has been represented by Peter Svarzbein whose term expires in December. Svarzbein is not seeking reelection.
Freddy Klayel Avalos was elected as a school trustee in 2019. His term doesn’t end until May of 2023. The school board will decide whether to appoint a replacement or wait until May for a successor to be elected.
The other contested city council seats are Districts 5, 6, and 7. None of the other races have as many candidates as District 1. Here is a handy reference to all the midterm elections on November 8.
The deadline to register to vote has already passed. Early voting begins October 24th and the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 28th. In-person early voting ends on November 4.