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District 77 state representative race has plenty of mudslinging

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas - A nasty battle should come to a close on this election day, specifically the bitter fight for District 77 state representative between challenger Lyda Ness-Garcia and incumbent Marisa Marquez, both Democrats.

District 77 encompasses downtown El Paso, part of west El Paso up to Doniphan Drive and a sliver of the northeast along Dyer Street up to Loop 375.

One look at the tactics each campaign has used shows there is no love lost between the two women.

In one of Ness-Garcias campaign commercials, she calls herself the true Democrat and shows a picture of Marisa Marquez standing with Rick Perry before saying, "I would never take money from Rick Perry and Greg Abbots friends, like Marisa Marquez did. I'm Lyda Ness-Garcia and I'm the Democrat who will stand with you."
Ness-Garcia also points out that she would never cut funding for public education or breast cancer screenings, like her opponent did."

Marquez didnt hesitate to sling mud either.

One of her campaign ads shows her calling Ness-Garcia a bet El Paso cant make," and mentioning the fact that she declared for bankruptcy.

Marquez also accused Ness-Garcia of being asked to resign from the Board of Emergence Health Network for allegedly missing nearly half the meetings.

Then there was the most recent incident. Ness-Garcia claims she was physically assaulted at her home in what she believes was a politically motivated attack, though no details have been released.
Both campaigns told KFOX14 their candidate were too busy for an interview Tuesday afternoon, however, KFOX14 was invited to both campaigns election parties later Tuesday night.
Look to KFOX14 News at Nine for their reaction to the election results.