I am Abel Bosquez and I am proud to be the Democratic candidate for Texas State Representative of District 87. I bring to this race a commitment to community service, a strong work ethic, and the fighting heart of a working man.
I am originally from the South Plains area of Texas but have lived in Amarillo since 1980. I grew up on a farm west of Plainview in the little community of Edmonson, Texas. My dad worked from sun up to sun down farming the land of others, and my mom would help the crews of laborers working the fields, doing whatever work was in season. At first, I was too young to be on these work crews, but as soon as I was of age, I was there. Although this was honorable work, my parents wanted better for their children. Through this part of my early growing years, I learned to take pride in doing a job right the first time and of my duty to give back to both family and community.
My parents did not go very far in school, but this only raised their expectations for my siblings and I. Their number one mission in life was for all of their children to graduate. By attending summer school every year, I was able to graduate a year early from high school. The Vietnam War was winding down while I was in the ninth and tenth grades, but I already knew what I was going to do when I graduated. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during my senior year following in the footsteps of my uncle. It was my duty to serve in honor of all who had served before me.
In June of 1980, I arrived in Amarillo, Texas and obtained my first job as a handyman at a truck stop on Interstate 40. The manager challenged me to clean the restaurant during an afternoon lull and hired me on the spot when he saw how well I had done. I continued with this job while I waited for Bell Helicopter to process my application and then moved on to Bell Helicopter, to Iowa Beef, and finally, to Pantex in June of 1982.
While working at Pantex, I continued my education and earned an Associates Degree in Speech Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Union Leadership and Administration. It humbles me to have the opportunity to learn which my parents never had and inspires me to serve others with my involvement in several non-profit and union organizations.
I married Nancy Bosquez, who is a Justice of the Peace for Potter County. We have one son, Santos Flores, three granddaughters, Gabriella, Marissa and Madeline, and one great-grandbaby, Preston.
Education and quality jobs are necessary for the success of District 87, our state, and our nation. Through my younger years in Plainview, the Marine Corps and various jobs, I have learned that there are people out there willing to help you along the way. I did not succeed by myself; a person’s success is always a collaborative effort. As the State Representative of District 87, I will continue to give, to learn, and to work for a better future for the State of Texas.
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The Office of Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade launches its first smartphone application, SmartTXVoter, to help Texans stay informed about statewide voting information like registration deadlines, early voting dates and candidates or amendments on the upcoming ballot. It also provides users the ability to remind themselves and others to vote.
“SmartTXVoter takes a big technical step forward in providing voting resources in the Lone Star State,” said Secretary Andrade. “We are making it easy for all Texans to determine if they’re registered to vote, locate polling places and have fun while learning about the voting process.”
Voters can use the app to schedule reminders for specific days and times to vote; learn how to register to vote; research online voting resources; and verify polling locations and hours. Weekly polls let Texans use the app to “vote” on questions such as “What Texas town has the best barbecue?”
SmartTXVoter can be viewed in English or Spanish, and it is formatted to be accessible for Texans with visual impairments. The app is part of the “Make Your Mark on Texas” voter education program, which educates Texans about voting information under the Help America Vote Act.
“Smartphone use among Texans of virtually all demographics is growing so this is a way we can put the power of voting in their hands where they need it, when they need it,” said Secretary Andrade. “SmartTXVoter is essential for engaging Texas voters on an interactive level, and we continue to find ways to use technology to educate our citizens about voting.”
SmartTXVoter is free to download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play stores. To find out more about voting in the state of Texas, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.