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El Paso runoff candidate in Saturday’s election dies after battle with Covid-19

Lilian Blancas
El Paso Matters
Lilian Blancas, municipal judge candidate.

EL PASO, Texas -- Lillian Blancas, an El Paso attorney who is in a runoff for a municipal judgeship, died Monday while hospitalized with Covid-19. She was 47.

The El Paso Bar Association announced her death in an email.

Blancas finished first in a three-way race Nov. 3 for the Municipal Court 4 bench, winning 40% of the vote. Because no candidate won a majority of votes, she faces Enrique Alonso Holguin in Saturday’s runoff election.

She opened her own law practice last year after several years working for the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Blancas also worked part-time as a magistrate judge. She was a graduate of Burges High School, the University of Texas at El Paso and the Texas Tech University School of Law.

If Blancas wins the runoff,  the City Council would appoint a person to fill the position.

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  1. A real loss to everyone. This young lady was on her way to being a real leader in our community. Really sad. RIP Ms. Blancas. How many more tragedies like this will we see until it ends?

    1. Don’t be too surprised if our totals exceed 2-3 thousand. We’re part of a huge megalopolis, 2/3rds of which have sub-standard health care. With our open border, we are joined at the hip. What happens in Juarez, happens in El Paso and vice versa.

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