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Background Information

Employment History

Business and Law Classes Teacher

Del Mar College


law degree

Texas Military Institute

undergraduate degree

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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.
Now, Canales, 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 said.
"I'm partial to South Texas and the land," Canales said."I have respect for it."
Personal strategy
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.
Canales suggested that each photo be copied and the husband and wife split the cost, Lemon said.

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