Veronica Escobar has sights set on November election after unofficial primary win

Unofficial election results show Veronica Escobar will be the Democratic candidate for U.S. Rep. District 16. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar is unofficially the Democratic candidate for U.S. Rep. District 16.

As unofficial results came through Tuesday night, Escobar took a commanding lead with more than 60 percent of the vote.

“We still have a November election, but I will tell you the greatest privilege would be to represent El Paso in Congress,” Escobar said. “We have been very clear about my values and I think my values reflect El Paso’s values. We are going to work very hard to help the vulnerable, protect senior citizens, protect the disabled children, fight for great health care, fight for immigrants, fight for our Dreamers; make sure that Washington understands that El Paso is a place of opportunity and is part of what makes America so great.”

In a distant second with about 21 percent of the vote as of 9 p.m. was Dori Fenenbock, who later called Escobar to concede.

“It was a very gracious call, and I’m grateful for that and was glad to hear from her,” Escobar said.

Also vying for the seat were Norma Chavez, John Carrillo, Jerome Tilghman and Enrique Garcia.

A former El Paso County judge, Escobar served two terms and previously served one term as County Commissioner for Precinct 2.

She announced her run for Congress in August 2017.

In the past, Escobar has been vocal about DACA and immigration reform, which is something she said is a priority for her when she heads to Washington.

She is a third-generation El Pasoan. She said she has dedicated herself to making the community better.

Escobar will likely face off against Republican Rick Seeberger, who is leading with 72.2 percent of the vote against Alia Garcia-Ureste

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