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Voters Keep Eye On 33rd Congressional District Race

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - A political race that’s catching a lot of attention in North Texas is the new 33rd Congressional District.

The winner will represent parts of Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth.

From Fort Worth’s famous Stockyards, to Cowboys Stadium, Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags in Arlington, all the way east to Oak Cliff, North Texas’ newest Congressional District has many well-known landmarks.

Eleven Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the seat.

Chano Olivades has owned a religious bookstore on Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff for 19 years and his Tacos Chano’s restaurant, next door, for 26 years.

The business owner says he’s still studying the candidates’ before deciding whom to vote for.

“What they do, who they are, and what they did before, not because they have a nice face or they put more papers on the street,” he said.

Bobbie Edmonds’ law practice in downtown Fort Worth is in the new district. She believes the winning candidates will have to focus on the region, not just either Dallas or Tarrant County.

“People who generally focus on Tarrant County have to be flexible and get out to Dallas County,” Edmonds advised. “Likewise, the one’s who’ve only focused on Dallas has to be familiar in these other areas.”

The 33rd Congressional District was created to give Latinos and African-Americans more of a voice in Washington. Many analysts believe the new district will give Democrats their second Congressional seat in North Texas.

Currently, there are some 698,488 people in the district. The number includes 463,087 Latinos, 120,323 African-Americans, and 101,378 whites.

Michael Sorrell is the President of Paul Quinn College, a predominantly African-American college in Oak Cliff and keeps a close eye on politics.

“We refute the notion that the only person who can effectively represent us are those who look like us,” Sorrell said firmly. “The voice that typically would be heard in Oak Cliff might be different than what might be heard in the Stockyards and vice-versa and all points in between. So the key is do you possess the ability to convince a broader ray of people to trust you?”

Sorrell, Bobbie Edmonds, and Chano Olivades all believe race should not play any role in selecting the best candidate for North Texas’ newest district.

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