Each election cycle, El Paso News publishes the names of the political candidates that the technology company owned by Martín Paredes provides branding and technology services to. Although not required to, we provide this list to our readers for transparency purposes.

Clients of the technology services are advised that the work provided by the technology company is separate and apart from El Paso News and the news coverage the publication chooses to cover. Clients of Cognent have no influence over the reporting published by El Paso News.

El Paso News has an open policy of allowing anyone, including political candidates for office, to submit editorials for publication on El Paso News. We consider all editorials submitted for publication and will generally publish them provided they are not promotional articles designed to promote a product or service and are focused on El Paso, Texas’ public policy and its political scene. See our Submission Policy below for details.

List Of Candidates Receiving Services From Cognent For The 2024 Election Cycle

The following is the list of political candidates who have contracted for services from Cognent:

  • Omar Carmona
  • Bobby Flores
  • Marlene Gonzalez
  • El Paso Progress PAC
  • Iliana Holguin
  • Judy Gutierrez
  • Vince Perez
  • Alma Trejo
  • Ryan Woodcraft
  • The Women’s Voice For Political Reform Action Committee

El Paso News Submission Policy

El Paso News welcomes submissions of opinion and articles for publication online about local, regional, state, national and global issues directly related to El Paso. Please do not submit articles that have been published elsewhere either in print or online – that includes on a Blog.

All submissions must include the author’s first and last name and a brief biography, including affiliations with political parties, lobbying or special interest groups.

We do not have length guidelines, but we encourage authors to aim for less than 800 words. We generally do not edit editorials submitted to us. Submissions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of our publication.

We do our best to read all articles sent to us promptly but please bear in mind that we receive many submissions. We will endeavor to respond quickly.

When submitting an article, it should be included in the body of the e-mail and/or in an attached Microsoft Word document (please, no PDFs). It should include a short headline and a tagline identifying the author(s). It should include contact information for the author(s), and at the bottom of the article a one-line bio for each author should be included. In the interest of transparency, the author must disclose any financial or lobbying relations he/she may have with the subjects raised. Please hyperlink all sourcing materials, such as facts, figures and quotations.

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Editorial Note:

The author’s perspective may not necessarily represent the views of El Paso News or its other contributors. El Paso News encourages the diversification of as many perspectives as possible to allow readers an opportunity to understand the issues from all sides.

We encourage readers to submit counterpoints or to add to the discussion with their own perspective.

Interested in your own column? El Paso News actively seeks out writers or content creators interested in being published in El Paso News. If it is hyper-local to El Paso, we will publish you. Let us know at

Political Candidates And Elected Officials Editorials

It is the policy of El Paso News to provide editorial space on our publication to any candidate seeking political office in El Paso or any elected official serving in an El Paso elected position. Submit your editorials to Our normal editorial policies apply to political editorials.