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Sergio Lewis, David Stout to El Paso County Commissioner, Pct. 2 face off

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Incumbent Sergio Lewis and challenger David Stout are neck and neck for who will win a seat at the El Paso County Commissioners table representing Precinct 2.

With Lewis at 43 percent of the votes and Stout with 35 percent, they will continue their campaign efforts for a runoff race in May.

That's really good for me because it gives me a couple more months to get my message out there and talk to as many people as possible, said Stout.

Throughout the campaigning process, challenger Stout highlighted his dissatisfaction with the countys current representation.

Right now we don't have a commissioner that works hard enough in my opinion. We don't have a commissioner that knows the people he represents and we need a change, said Stout.

Stout, a former Univision television reporter and current staff member for Sen. Jose Rodriguez, accused Lewis of missing important meetings and voting for raising funds, but not finding a way to come up with the money.

Stout also took jabs at Lewis, saying he showed ineffective leadership from 1993 to 1997 when he served as a member on the El Paso Independent School Districts board. Stout pointed out while Lewis did vote against Lorenzo Garcias contract expansion, which is part of the district's highly-publicized scandal, Stout claimed it wasnt against Garcia, but rather what was in the contract.

Lewis, who has held this seat for since 2011, said he doesnt believe Stout is addressing the issues, but is busy working on a deceptive campaign.

I've actually saved up to these three years up to $1 million just on hotel taxes through the coliseum contract that we amended when I first came on board. Secondly, we have been doing real well. I was very instrumental in finding funds in the attrition account that no one had accounted for before, said Lewis.

Lewis said he believes his previous experience speaks for itself.

I've been an elected official for now 11 years and in business for almost 40 years. And I think one of the main factors is people are starting to realize my opponent doesn't even pay property taxes in this community yet he wants to manage a budget of $300 million of tax payers money, said Lewis.

Is he saying that half of El Paso who does not own their home really can't get involved and can't do what I'm doing just because they live in an apartment? I don't think that's a messages that we should be sending. I think its important that everybody be able to be involved, said Stout.

The runoff race will be in May.