Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TDP Chair Candidate Gilberto Hinojosa: The Texas Trib Interview

by Michael Handley

Gilberto Hinojosa is running for chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. If elected at the Democratic State Convention in Houston on June 8th, he will lead a political organization that hasn't won a statewide election since 1994.

Judge Hinojosa, who is a lifelong Democrat, is passionate about rebuilding the Texas Democratic Party.

"I have decided to take on this campaign for Texas Democratic Party Chair because I believe that the people of the State of Texas deserve, and desperately need, to have a Democratic Party that will ensure that we elect fair minded, socially conscious, critical thinking and visionary Democrats to run this State, instead of the Republicans that are running it into the ditch. Texans cannot afford any less. TOO much is at stake. TOO much has been lost and we must turn things around before it's TOO late," said Judge Hinojosa when he announced his candidacy last year.
Last week Boyd Richie, the retiring Texas Democratic Party Chair endorsed Judge Hinojosa saying,
“Gilberto Hinojosa has the experience, commitment and capacity to be a great Chair for our Party. I endorse his candidacy without reservation, and I firmly believe he’s the right person to help us take back Texas.”
Judge Hinojosa grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, attended what is now the University of Texas-Pan American, and obtained his law degree at Georgetown University. He first worked as a lawyer for the Washington, D.C.-based Migrant Legal Action Program and then served as a Brownsville school trustee, a state district judge, a justice on the state's 13th Court of Appeals, on the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Cameron County Judge. Judge Hinojosa currently practices law in Brownsville. (More history here:)

Judge Hinojosa sat down with the Texas Trib reporter Ross Ramsey on Tuesday to talk about why he wants to lead a party that's had such a long losing streak. The video of the Texas Trib interview follows:

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