Dori Fenenbock concedes to Veronica Escobar in U.S. Rep. District 16 race

Dori Fenenbock was one of thesix Democratic candidates in the race for U.S. Rep. District 16. Credit: KFOX14/ CBS4

Six Democrats and two Republicans were vying for the 16th Congressional seat left open with Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s run for Senate.

Dori Fenenbock was one of the six Democratic candidates in the race. She’s a former El Paso Independent School District president and trustee.

Fenenbock was unable to win the Democratic nomination with about 21 percent of the vote.

“We knocked on thousands of doors, we made hundreds and hundreds of phone calls, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know El Pasoans, and it’s been the experience of a lifetime,” Fenenbock said.

Late Tuesday evening, Fenenbock called former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar to concede.

“(Escobar) was very gracious, and I told her she’s got my full support. We all love El Paso and love El Pasoans, which is why we’re willing to put ourselves out there to try to put forth a vision and an idea for a new El Paso. I wish her and the other candidates the best,” Fenenbock said.

Fenenbock resigned from the El Paso Independent School District board in August to run for Congress.

There was controversy during her run for receiving campaign contributions before resigning from the district. Documents show two donations did arrive for her campaign before her resignation but Fenenbock said that was before she announced her candidacy.

The Democratic candidate says she opposes funding for a border wall.

“Do we want to put billions of dollars into additional wall when the Border Patrol officers themselves are understaffed?” Fenenbock said.

She also supports a legislative solution for immigration.

The other Democratic candidates were John Carrillo, Enrique Garcia, Norma Chavez, Jerome Tilghman and Escobar.

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