Longtime El Paso politician Jaime O. Perez dies

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Longtime El Paso politician Jaime O. Perez has died after a brief hospitalization, according to former City Rep. Eddie Holguin.

According to Holguin, Perez died at about 6:30 p.m. Monday surrounded by his family and friends. He was 62 years old.

Perez, who served as Chief of Staff for El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, ran as a Libertarian in the 2017 mayoral race, according to Ballot Pedia. The Bel Air graduate also previously ran for mayor in 2013.

Perez, a former government professor for El Paso Community College, was a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House in the 16th Congressional District of Texas in 2014 and 2016.

He also ran for Texas Railroad Commission in the 2012 election and El Paso County Court in 2010.

"He will be missed and El Paso lost a true champion that always fought for what was right and fought the good fight," Holguin, his longtime friend, tells KTSM.

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