Democrat Marc Veasey has held the 33rd Congressional District seat for the past four years and has been a successful voice for the newly configured district, which includes big chunks of Tarrant and Dallas counties.
Veasey, 45, a former member of the state House, won the seat in 2012 against 10 opponents, including his current challenger, Carlos Quintanilla, and became the first black member of Congress from Tarrant County.
His continued efforts to bring jobs to the district have proven successful, and he was a “leading voice” in the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways.
“I’ve learned that jobs and the economy still remain the number one priority for North Texas families,” he said in an email. “I am fortunate to serve a diverse constituency who have allowed me to bring their issues to the House floor.”
In a district with a Latino majority of about 63 percent, Veasey strives to make sure his offices are accessible, and he takes time to “roll up my sleeves and work side by side with hardworking Texans at local businesses across the Metroplex” as part of his “Marc Means Business” initiative.
Challenger Quintanilla, 58, believes he could do better than the “miserable job” Veasey has done. He says the community needs a change and a Latino congressman to be the voice of the majority in the district.
“We are asking Latinos to vote so they can make a difference,” he said.
Quintanilla, a businessman and president of Accion America, has focused his grassroots campaign on communities he feels Veasey has neglected, not only Latinos but seniors and veterans.
He stresses that if voters put everything he’s done as an activist next to what Veasey has done as a congressman, the list wouldn’t compare.
Although Quintanilla has been very successful with community initiatives, such as the Dallas school district’s Breakfast in the Classroom and the campaign against “cheese,” a heroin-based recreational drug, he lacks the political savvy needed in Washington and a broader focus on all the communities in the district.
The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Marc Veasey in the Democratic primary for U.S. representative from District 33.