Name: Iliana Holguin
Office Sought: County Commissioner Precinct #3
Education: J.D. from UT Austin School of Law
Current Occupation: Attorney
Political Experience: Democratic Party Chair elected in 2016 and 2018
In a concise sentence please explain to the voters your philosophy on taxation. (if the office you seek does not levy taxes, please indicate so here)
I believe that the greatest responsibility of a County Commissioner is to be a good steward of taxpayer money, that we have to prioritize our spending, do everything possible to keep expenses down, and that raising taxes should be the last resort when trying to balance the county budget.
Under what conditions will you vote to increase taxes? (if the office you seek does not levy taxes, please indicate so here)
Raising taxes on property owners should be the last resort, after we’ve cut unnecessary spending and looked for other sources of income. I would never vote to increase taxes to pay for non-priority items, such as salary increases for commissioners.
Have you ever been arrested? If so, please explain the circumstances and the outcome.
Have you ever been sued? If so, please explain the circumstances of the suit.
With a YES, or NO, do you support putting the voter-approved multiuse (sports arena) in the area commonly known as Duranguito?
Please explain your reasons to your answer to the question on Duranguito above?
I believe that the City of El Paso has not been honest or transparent with the people of El Paso throughout the vote and subsequent litigation regarding Duranguito. It is clear that a large number of residents of El Paso are not in agreement with the building of a sports arena in Duranguito. In the face of such community opposition, the City should find an alternative location rather than continue to spend taxpayer money litigating the issue. We should protect our historic neighborhoods, not demolish them.
Do you support, or oppose immigration detention centers at the County Jail or within the County of El Paso? Please explain your answer.
Immigrants that are placed into civil immigration removal proceedings should not be housed in jails with individuals facing criminal charges. Rather, immigrants facing civil immigration removal proceedings with no criminal record should be given the opportunity to be released on bond or be subject to alternatives to detention, which is considerably less expensive than incarceration. Immigrants should also not be housed in for-profit prisons, as this provides a perverse incentive to detain more immigrants.
What is the number one goal you wish to accomplish during your next term of elected or reelected? Please limit your answer to one issue and explain how you plan to deliver the goal to the voters.
If elected, I intend to be a strong voice for the Mission Valley and Far East El Paso. The residents of Pct. #3 feel disconnected from their county government, and do not feel that that their government is there to help them resolve their issues or their concerns. The residents of Pct. #3 see their taxes go up, but don’t see a corresponding increase in services and instead regularly see the commissioners raise their own salaries. I want the people of Pct. #3 to feel that they have someone fighting for them each and every day. In order to accomplish this, I commit to spending more time in the precinct hearing directly from residents than sitting in an office downtown far removed from the issues of the precinct.
In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing your constituency and how you plan to address it?
Precinct #3 has tremendous water infrastructure issues. Entire communities do not have access to clean drinking water, are not connected to a sewage system, and have been waiting for years for their county government to offer some assistance. I will seek out grants and fight for state funds to build the necessary infrastructure so that all families in Pct. #3 have access to these basic services.