E.M. Garza has reported no contributions in his campaign for State Senator in District 28, and he says money shouldn't make a difference.
"What can we all individually do; we can do a lot. One of the things is we can run for office and kick the bums out," Garza said.
Garza was born in California. His family later moved to South Texas. He says he didn't learn to speak English until the third grade.
"It was difficult for me, because my parents, all they spoke was Spanish," Garza said.
Garza's family moved to West Texas when he was around 12-years-old. He says they worked on farms in the Quitaque, Silverton and Plainview areas.
"Luckily, I graduated from Silverton High School, and the opportunity arose for me to join the military," Garza said. "At 19 years old I was in Iraq. Yes, I was scared for my life, but it made me who I am today."
Garza went on to receive a Masters degree from Wayland Baptist University, where he also teaches. But, he earns a living in the transportation industry.
"Again, the military provided all that knowledge," Garza said.
While his name may not be well known, Garza is no stranger to politics. He actually ran unsuccessfully for the same Texas Senate seat in 2012.
"Our fall back is name recognition. That's what I hope to change, because it's about issues," Garza said.
Garza joins five other candidates seeking the District 28 seat. Election Day is Sept. 9.
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