ONLY 926 VOTES SEPARATE GINA FROM WINNER!
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
FILIPINO AMERICAN Gina Ortiz Jones, trailing her opponent by 926 votes, has decided not to request for recount but she has one more month to file a
lawsuit to contest the election of her winning Republican incumbent opponent Will Hurd.
In an email Friday, Dec. 7, to PM (philamessenger.com) Sam Taylor, Communications Director of Texas Secretary of State, officer of the State elections, said, “As I mentioned, the deadline to request a recount is 5:00 p.m. of the 2nd day after the final canvass of votes per Texas Election Code Sec. 212.028(a)(2)). The final canvass of votes took place on Monday, December 3rd.
“Therefore, the deadline for requesting a recount was 5:00 p.m. on December 5th. We did not receive a recount request from Gina Ortiz Jones.”
Mr. Taylor said although, Ms. Jones did not request for recount, she can still file an Election Contest. “A recount is different than an Election Contest. An Election Contest is a lawsuit filed in court, subject to the laws set forth in Chapter 232 of the Texas Election Code.
GINA'S VOTES: 102,359 or 48.73%; HURD, 103,285 VOTES OR 49.17%
“According to Sec. 232.008(b) of the Texas Election Code, a candidate has 30 days after the official result is determined (the final canvass – which took place on December 3rd) to file an election contest.” This means, Ms. Jones can still contest the election results by Jan. 3rd of the New Year.
The final tally by re-elected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3rd of the election results for the Congressional race in the 23rd District showed Hurd getting 103,285 votes or 49.17% against Jones' 102,359 votes or 48.73% or a difference of 926 votes.
In her Twitter post on Nov. 19, Ms. Jones said, “Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal - equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities. While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud.
“After election results were canvassed in Medina County this morning (Nov. 19) and across the district over the previous days, Gina Ortiz Jones released the following statement:
"EVERYONE IS EQUAL"
“Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal - equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities.
“We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned.
“While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud. I remain committed to serving my community and country, and I wish Will Hurd the courage to fight for TX-23 in the way in which our district deserves.”
COURTING A VOTER'S VOTE:
GINA ORTIZ JONES asks for Juanita's support.
Had Jones won, she would have been the 32nd first-time House members, who broke the record by seven more than the record set for freshmen women during the 1992 “Year of the Woman” election.
She would have also become the first Filipino American woman in the U.S. Congress.
Ms. Jones of San Antonio, Texas is the daughter of Vicky of Iloilo in the Philippines.
HER MOM SACRIFICED THAT GINA MAY HAVE A BETTER LIFE
According to her bio, her mother, who despite having graduated from a prestigious university, had left home and come to the United States as domestic helper – because she believed the sacrifice would afford her family a better life and a shot at the American dream.
GINA'S MOM helps spread the word
Her mother’s example and sacrifices instilled in Gina the importance of humility, hard work, and willingness to step-up and take risks in order to create and seize opportunities for herself and others when needed.
After graduating from Boston University with a BA and MA in Economics, and a BA in East Asian Studies, Gina entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer, where she deployed to Iraq and served under the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
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