Alvarado Makes It Official And Announces A Run For State Senator

Mario Gallegos  Houston state Representative Carol Alvarado makes it official. She announced that she will run for the state Senate seat held by Mario Gallegos, who died last month. Even though she has the backing of Gallegos' family, she is expected to face a spirited challenge from former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia.

Mario Gallegos posthumously won re-election last Tuesday, but now Governor Rick Perry will now have to appoint someone to serve his term. Houston State Representative Carol Alvarado announced that she wants to succeed her good friend. She made it official with members of Gallegos family, and a throng of supporters present.

"Having an army like the people that are here today, obviously I can't get to every part of the district, but I'm gonna do my best. I've got the energy and the passion to win this race, to put together a great grassroots campaign. If you look at our past campaigns, it's what we've always been able to do, with our families and friends and all the people that are here today. I think that's gonna make the difference."

Widow Theresa Gallegos says before he died, her husband told her that he wanted the family to endorse Alvarado.

"We were constantly talking about what would happen if this day ever came. And this is what he told me, is that he feels that the best qualified person right now is Carol Alvarado, because she has been following in his footsteps. He has seen her out in the community the way that his energy, that he's had all these years."

And while Alvarado possesses the same kind passion that her husband had, Gallegos admits that it won't be easynow that former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia announced her candidacy last Friday.

"We found during this last election for my husband, that the number of Hispanics came out. So it's possible, we saw this. And so, we know that we can get these people to come back out. We cannot let it end here. Just because my husband passed away, the needs of the community do not end."

Houston attorney Frumencio Reyes says it's important that the East End has strong representation.
  
"What makes Carol the candidate that should get elected here, is not only her experience at city council, not only her four years in the state legislature, she knows Austin politics. Austin political is different than Commissioner's Court. It's different than city council. She knows how that thing works in Austin. I think she's much better prepared than say, Sylvia Garcia would be."

Governor Rick Perry will appoint someone to serve Gallegos' term, and will call a special election to determine who will represent constituents in State Senate District 6.                                                                             

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...