George Altgelt was the Texas Green Party's nominee for statewide judicial office in 2014. Last August, he sponsored a petition to have the sitting Laredo city council at-large 7 representative, Jorge Vera, recalled. The petition was certified and Vera was removed from office by the voters last November. (Vera pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and filing a false police report in February of this year.)
Altgelt and a few others ran for the vacant seat in the special election in March. He defeated
This news is obviously quite remarkable on several levels. Most interesting to me from a macro perspective is the flourishing of the Green Party in Laredo over the past few years. There's something going on down there -- what it is ain't exactly clear to me yet -- and portends some nascent (a word I've used a lot lately) hope for progressive change in Texas.
The Texas Green Party holds its 2015 statewide meeting in June, in Tarrant County.