The local Democratic party is mourning the loss of their leader. Irma Guerrero died unexpectedly in her sleep Tuesday morning. Guerrero a Lubbock native, has chaired the Democratic party for the last four years. She's known for bringing diversity and passion to the party, but long time friend and City Councilwoman Linda Deleon says, she was a friend first.
"We grew up together. We went to school together, her sister and I were in the same grade level and she was a couple of years behind, but you know as siblings you tend to grow up together. We also went to the same church and we were part of a youth group at our church and we were part of a softball team. So every summer that's how we spent our summers was competing against other church groups and we were unbeatable.
Irma was the type of person that was a friend first before anything else. She always helped me with my campaigns she was there for me.
This weekend she was taken to the emergency room because she had a very severe headache, they ran some tests. They gave her medication and sent her home. Her headaches didn't diminish, but she didn't go back to emergency room.
We have to now celebrate her life. She was a very special person and when she did something, if she was in charge of a project she did it to her utmost best, and the job got done. So I think God probably had a special project for her and has called her home with something special for her to do," Deleon said.
Irma was a professional photographer, a team player and a family person, according to Deleon.
The Democratic party says she was the heart of their organization, one that will be missed everyday.
"She worked very hard to diversify the party. This past election was the first one I was very involved in and there were so many new people that came out of the woodwork and it was so nice to see the youngest and the oldest all working toward a common cause. That she was just so pumped up about cause she had faith like no one I'd ever met, that the common man could do what ever they want if you give them a chance," Johnnie Jones, Democratic Vice Chair said.
Robert Pratt, the Chairman of the Republican Party in Lubbock County said, "Irma Guerrero was a fine example of a citizen servant who selflessly represented her political party, its candidates, and its officeholders."
Some of Guerrero's accomplishments include: getting a permanent building for the Democratic party. Running Democrats for both house seats in last election. And the recent election of a County Commissioner and Constable.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.