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Gabi Canales, 28, and Clark Welder, 30, have a lot in common.
Both grew up on South Texas ranches - Canales
in Premont and Welder in Beeville.
, a Democrat, and Welder, a Republican, are vying for the state representative seat in the newly created District 35 - made up of Jim Wells, Live Oak, Atascosa, Bee, McMullen, Goliad and Karnes counties.
...Canales graduated from the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio in 1992, completed her undergraduate degree in less than three years and finished her law degree in 1998.Along the way, she learned farming and ranching, launched her own oil-field company and taught business and law classes at Del Mar College.
Family politically active Her
father is a controversial district judge, her
mother the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Jim Wells County, and her
grandmother was active in politics in Laredo.Each move she
makes is strategic with one foot on her
home turf and the other in the political arena.
"I know I can make a difference," she
"I'm partial to South Texas and the land," Canales
said."I have respect for it."
John Lemon runs his own civil practice in Alice and has worked with Canales
both as co-counsel and as her legal opponent.
"With any attorney we all have egos, but Gabi
tends to be more of a facilitator than an argumentative style," Lemon said.
suggested that each photo be copied and the husband and wife split the cost, Lemon said.