Congressional candidates a no show

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) -  According to the El Paso County Elections Department,  the number of voters between the ages of 18 and 25 continues to grow as far as voter registration, but it is one of the lowest in voter turnout in the state and the country.

UTEP hosted an El Paso Congressional Candidates' debate making the effort to get more students politically aware and hopefully out to the polls.

"It's really important to take advantage of that right to vote," said Lauren Terrazas a recent UTEP graduate. "You know it really is a privilege and a right and I think it's very often overlooked." 

Students had the chance to hear from candidates running for Congress including Norma Chavez, John Carrillo, Jerome Tilghman, and Enrique Garcia.

Two candidates that weren't present: Veronica Escobar and Dori Fenenbock. 
"They're overlooking this audience that I think is still vital and important and so I think it's just a good call for the candidates that did decide to show up," said Terrazas. 

Veronica Escobar did release this statement:

"We would have loved to have participated in UTEP's forum today -- Veronica is both a graduate of UTEP and also taught in the English Department -- but we had a scheduling conflict on the date and time of their forum.  As early voting and Election Day approaches, the demands on our time are getting more significant and, unfortunately, it is impossible for us to be everywhere."

Terrazas believes the candidates not showing up was a wasted opportunity.

"At the university, you have access to all these students that are of voting age," she said. 

We did reach out to Dori Fenenbock has yet to return our calls for comment. 

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