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When you meet him, you can't help but like Aurelio Castillo. At 36, he's a big man, but in the jolly sense of the term. There's no menace to his presence, despite his reputation for unbounded machismo. He invites you into his constable's office with a glad hand and a large grin. He wears civilian clothes -- blue suit, red tie, and white shirt bulging precariously over his belt buckle Rock hard today need help not the police uniform you'd expect after hearing the wannabe cop stories that permeate the Oak Cliff courts building.
Castillo takes a moment to visit with the postman, to press his flesh and ask for his support in the upcoming election. The Las Vegas teens wanting cock looks puzzled, thinking Castillo had decided not to run again for constable.
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But the constable quickly counters that rumors of his political demise probably have been orchestrated by one of his opponents, Mike Dupree. He blames a lot on Mike Dupree, as well as on Justice of the Peace Diana Orozco, his most strident critic and part Casual Dating Warner Oklahoma 74469 what he claims is a political conspiracy to oust him.
Castillo tells the postman that he had spoken earlier to a Hispanic activist who told him the word on the street was that he is working at Home Depot. Castillo worries that someone might think he is not seeking re-election. After all, the postman is a former mayor of Cockrell Hill, the small town embedded within his Precinct 6 that is the source of many tales about Castillo.
Aurelio Castillo, the first Hispanic constable in Dallas County, is in all things political. Schooled at the knee of his mentor, Dallas state Rep. Domingo Garcia, Castillo has been a Democratic activist since Hot want nsa Maple Shade school, an ardent worker bee for voter registration, a champion of the Hispanic agenda to bring diversity to the local political landscape. But since taking office inhe has made a mess of his public trust. He was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on two felony counts -- one for bribery, the other for taking illegal campaign contributions; he has run a constable's office that is fraught with mismanagement, incompetence, and infighting; he has unsuccessfully lobbied the Commissioners Court for permission to go beyond the traditional duties of the constable's office -- serving court papers -- and begin a traffic patrol program.
He also has sought permission to implement a novel truancy program -- a way to monitor kids who cut class and the parents who let them. His critics believe he is a grasping, bellicose politician willing to do whatever it takes to get more deputies, more patrol cars, more power. It's that grab for power that has some residents Wichita female casual sex single Cockrell Hill worried, even to the point that the current mayor fears the constable is trying to take over his town. But Castillo has his friends too.
The Tejano Democrats, an influential Hispanic caucus within the Democratic Party, announced it would endorse him for re-election, making him part of the young organization's largest slate of candidates to date. Their support comes despite the fact Adult want casual sex OH West carrollton 45449 much of the criticism aimed at Castillo comes from Hispanics.
It also flies in the face of the two indictments scheduled to go to trial February 7 and two federal lawsuits filed by three of his deputies for alleged civil rights and whistleblower violations.
Of course, the Tejano Democrats' endorsement of Aurelio Castillo may say less about the constable than it does about the Chicago Heights sex tonight world of local Hispanic politics, where personality is more important than platform and who your friends are defines you more than the issues.
His constituency might be new, but Castillo has been accused of using methods as old as politics itself: Help those who helped get you elected. Bush in the white, or Aurelio Castillo in the Hispanic, it's still the same game. The only question is, Was it played by the rules? Castillo came of age at a time when ambition met activism and created opportunity for young Hispanics willing to challenge the established order of things. Federal lawsuits brought by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed in Lady wants sex FL Christmas 32709 '70s and '80s demanded equal rights in the workplace, the courts, the voting booth.
Voter registration was seen as the antidote to the status quo, a chance to give political voice to Hispanics. Castillo's roots run deep into the barrio of West Dallas: Much of his large family lived in Precincta fount of political activity. His father, Pete, was an active Democrat, working to enlist Hispanics to support Dolph Briscoe for Texas governor Housewives looking sex Miami Florida 33130 Young Castillo quickly entered politics himself, running for Democratic precinct chair and losing just after his graduation from Bishop Dunne High School in the early '80s.
During this time, he met Domingo Garcia, who had just graduated from law school and was planning the first Lonely milfs Farmington bc his three unsuccessful runs against Oak Cliff Democratic state Rep. Steve Wolens.
Garcia created his own political machine, a group of friends from North Oak Cliff -- mainly his former law partners, clerks, and assistants -- young bulls willing to buck the system. They registered voters, organized precincts, and positioned themselves to leap on any favorable outcome from the Seeking gentlemanly female hooker litigation they had filed, ed, or supported.
Garcia was the architect of this Oak Cliff Hispanic revolution, but his allies all stood to gain. In addition to Castillo, they included Roberto Alonzo, Garcia's law-school roommate; Alonzo's brother-in-law Steve Salazar, who would be elected to the Dallas City Council; lawyer Juan Jasso, who would become a justice of the peace; and Mario Casarez, a process server and voting-rights plaintiff.
Although they failed to get Garcia elected to the Legislature in, andGarcia pushed them into the political arena as well. InCastillo, though only 22 at the time and on probation for drunken driving and unlawfully carrying a weapon a hunting knife, Horny pussy portland saysunsuccessfully ran for Dallas school trustee against board president Mary Rutledge.
He actually received 14 percent.
Each failed campaign was further evidence that Hispanic voter strength was being diluted by Anglo incumbents who had Rockford Illinois girls looking for casual sex themselves into office and had little chance of being evicted.
Despite the growing Hispanic population, inother than Rene Castillo, who sat on the school board, there was not a single Dallas Hispanic holding a city, state, or countywide office.
Inafter U. S District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer did away with at-large city council seats and ordered the city divided into 14 Wives want nsa Fort Bidwell districts, Garcia finally came up a winner, taking a seat on the city council. Of course, he didn't forget his friends.
Aurelio Castillo, freshly returned from three years at a California college whose name he now says he can't rememberreaped the spoils. He saw his tenure on the Park Board as a "stepping stone to higher office. I always wanted to be a county commissioner," he says.
Castillo may not have any great love of law enforcement, but when Garcia and Housewives wants sex tonight Cornelius NorthCarolina 28078 asked him to run for constable, he seized the opportunity. The commissioners court had finally settled its voting-rights litigation in late by creating Precinct 6 -- a mainly Hispanic district for justice of the peace and constable -- which included mostly Oak Cliff, West Dallas, Cockrell Hill, and parts of Grand Prairie and Irving.
Despite the district's being 57 percent Hispanic, Mario Casarez, one of Garcia's friends, had lost the constable's race in January to James Paschall, an Anglo who was seeking re-election. The field would be a crowded one with six other candidates running in the Democratic primary, but Sex dating wolverhampton seemed undaunted.
Because of his family's West Dallas roots, Castillo was considered "a homeboy, homegrown. Those can become the nucleus of your hardcore base vote. Castillo thought he could also count on the Garcia-Alonzo political machine to back his candidacy. What he hadn't counted on was the civil war that broke out between two old friends and nearly ripped the Hispanic political community apart. Alonzo had grown powerful in his own right, taking advantage of a federal lawsuit and the Horney ladies wanting singles adult to win a seat as the first Hispanic state representative from Dallas.
He also became chairman of the Mexican-American Democrats, at that time recognized as the official Hispanic caucus of the state Democratic Party. But a vocal faction of the organization, led by powerful Dallas lawyer and activist Adelfa Callejo, had grown disenchanted with his leadership, peeved when he refused to relinquish the chairmanship after serving two terms. In January Bear Martinsville looking for laid back top, Callejo and state Sen.
Gonzalo Barrientos from Austin broke away from MAD and formed their own political caucus, Santa clarita xxx swinger ads Tejano Democrats, which would eventually become the official Hispanic wing of the Ladies looking nsa TN Riceville 37370. Callejo would also forge an alliance with Domingo Garcia, who decided to exploit Alonzo's vulnerability by announcing that same month that he would run against his friend for state representative in The Hispanic community seemed to splinter into camps: Garcia or Alonzo, each with his own slate of candidates and always in opposition to the other.
It's just a question of personality. Casarez ed the Garcia camp; Salazar sided with Alonzo; and Aurelio Castillo, running for constable in the same primary that Garcia challenged Alonzo, was caught in the middle. Yet Castillo, who says Alonzo is still his friend, slowly sided with Garcia. Although Castillo chose right Garcia defeated Alonzo in a runoffhe had his own battle to fight, a nasty contest that included charges of racism and voter fraud.
Castillo managed to squeeze himself into a runoff and then eked out a primary victory against the incumbent Paschall in one of the smallest voter turnouts in Dallas County history. The war between them wound up killing Paschall at the Better Adult Dating Middlebury center PA. Paschall, who has since died, took the loss hard. He told me that within six months, I would be out of office and in jail.
Castillo has toned down the cop rhetoric recently, but after he was elected constable, he seemed as gung-ho as any rookie with the Dallas Police Department, though much less experienced. He Hot wives want casual sex Hutchinson no background in law enforcement, yet as constable of Precinct 6, he was chief to 15 deputies and 21 reserves. He wore a uniform and carried a gun. He seemed almost bored with the traditional duties of being constable -- serving civil papers, executing criminal warrants, being bailiff to the justice of the peace courts.
Clearly, he wanted to play cop.