Texas House District 117 http://tpr.org en Cortez Defeats Incumbent Garza In Texas House District 117 http://tpr.org/post/cortez-defeats-incumbent-garza-texas-house-district-117 <p></p><p></p><p>Republican incumbent John Garza was elected during the Republican sweep in the 2010 mid-term elections, but this year former San Antonio City Councilman Philip Cortez ended election night with 53 percent of voter support to win the seat.</p><p>Cortez said he pledges to fight any additional cuts to the Texas education system when he takes office in January.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:36:41 +0000 Joey Palacios 1425 at http://tpr.org Cortez Defeats Incumbent Garza In Texas House District 117 The Race for Texas House District 117 http://tpr.org/post/race-texas-house-district-117-0 <p>Incumbent John Garza and challenger Philip Cortez are divided on the role and effectiveness of education in their district. Cortez says that quality public education is the key to getting the district's residents on the road to success, and Garza says that state programs do not work and a voucher system would be the best way to make education stronger.</p><p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:25:02 +0000 David Martin Davies 801 at http://tpr.org The Race for Texas House District 117