From Politic365 on July 9, 2012:
Sylvia Romo lost the Democratic primary for congressional district 35 to Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett in May, but despite this, she insists that Texas is ready — and ripe — for a Latina congresswoman. Politic365spoke to Romo about the lessons she learned from her recent run, and what advice she’d have to share with future Latina congressional candidates in Texas.
“Texas is ready for a qualified Latina congresswoman,” she said. “If I wasn’t the first one, then I hope I opened the door for another woman to be the first one…”
But one of the biggest issues Romo dealt with during her campaign was the emphasis on her gender and race over her professional and political experience as a candidate. She highlighted the fact that 2012 marked her fourteenth political race — and her first and only loss. People couldn’t seem to get over the fact that she had a good chance to be the first Latina congresswoman representing Texas, she said, and found it all too easy to dismiss her political experience and career as an accountant…