Former El Paso mayor to run for county judge

EL PASO, Texas - Fomer El Paso Mayor John Cook filed paperwork Monday announcing his bid for El Paso County Judge.

Cook told NewsChannel 9 that he’s running to make sure that El Pasoans have a qualified candidate in case current County Judge Veronica Escobar doesn’t run for re-election.

As NewsChannel 9 previously reported, Escobar is considering a run for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s seat.

On Friday, O’Rourke announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz.

Cook said, “When Beto O’Rourke announced he was going to run for the U.S. Senate, he basically started what I call the game of musical chairs.”

Escobar has not formally announced plans to run for congress or re-election.

She told NewsChannel 9, “There’s a lot to consider. The filing deadline doesn’t begin until the end of the year.”

Cook and Escobar are both Democrats and could, technically, meet in a primary election.

However, Cook said he’ll wait to see if that’s the case.

Cook said he was qualified for the job because of his experienced and told NewsChannel 9, “I bring a lot to the table. I understand county government. I understand the difference between county and city government. I know what the job entails and I’m ready to do it.”

As of Monday, Cook was the only person to announce plans to run for county judge.


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