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Senator Carol Alvarado

That sounds nice, don’t you think?

Quite an impressive victory. No runoff! We really were not looking forward to campaigning during the holidays. Now that is off the table.

This has truly been a year long effort. It was non-stop campaigning throughout the district. She met and visited with numerous civic and neighborhood leaders and for the most part, they all signed on to support her.

She started block walking this past summer. I accompanied her on most of the walks to see how folks were taking to her candidacy. The responses were positive. They liked what she was talking about. They liked that she was going door-to-door even before an election date had been set. They liked that she was genuine. I kind of knew then that we would win this race.

The 33-day campaign worked in our favor because we had prepared. We had our team in place ready to go.

Getting the endorsements of EMILY’s List, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Tejano Democrats and others was huge. Of course, the Firefighters have always been in her corner.

In looking at the precinct-by-precinct returns, Carol dominated in her legislative district. Scored big in Northside boxes. Had great margins in Montie Beach and Sheldon. Did very well in African American precincts. And even won a few boxes in Rep. Ana Hernandez’s legislative district.

I could go on and on, but I won’t.

We had a great team that included Keir Murray and the campaign manager Jaime Mercado, who is certainly one of the, if not the leading political operative(s) in the state. He managed the team well.

He brought in a sharp field team – the best I have ever dealt with. Aaron, Mason, Linh, Alejandra, Obet, Ramiro, Miguel, Hugo and others did their jobs well.

Julie Edwards and the team from Storefront Political Media were tremendous in handling key parts of the campaign. Same goes for Frank Eaton and Kevin McKeon from Putnam Partners. All are among the best pros in the business.

Of course, this can’t be done unless you have a great candidate and we did.

She was focused. She connected with the voters.

I have been in politics for 45 years plus. I can truly say that Carol is one of the best I have ever seen. She knows policy and issues. She is articulate. She is genuine. She listens to your story. She doesn’t get rattled. She has a great sense of humor. She is witty and great with one-liners. She cares about her community. She is an advocate. She is relentless. She has never forgotten where she came from because she is still there – if you get my picture. She works hard. I repeat, she works hard.   This campaign proved it.

In my book, she is a major player in the shaping of statewide public policy in the Texas Legislature from here on out.

My best friend, former State Rep. Al Luna texted me a congratulations this morning.

I replied that the young college kid who walked into Al’s campaign office to volunteer years ago will now be called Senator Carol Alvarado.

I am sure I will have more to say in the coming days.

Well deserved. Nice win.

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