Jaime Perez was a candidate for mayor of El Paso in Texas. He was defeated in the general election on May 6, 2017. Although mayoral elections in El Paso are officially nonpartisan, Perez identified as a member of the Libertarian Party at the time of his 2017 candidacy.
Perez previously ran for mayor of El Paso in 2013. He was a 2014 and 2016 Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House in the 16th Congressional District of Texas. He was also a Libertarian candidate for Texas Railroad Commission in the 2012 election and a Republican candidate for the El Paso County Court in 2010.
Perez earned a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.
At the time of his 2017 run for office, Perez was the editor-in-chief of the independent bilingual news magazine The Stallion Crest Messenger. His professional experience also includes work as the chief of staff for El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, a professor of government for El Paso Community College, an assistant director of community development for El Paso County, a researcher for the city of El Paso, and the director of the Bridge Center for Contemporary Art.
Mayor of El Paso, General Election, 2017
|William Cager Jr.||4.22%||1,388|
|Source: El Paso County Elections, "Official Final Election Results," accessed May 23, 2017|
rated this race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Beto O'Rourke (D) defeated Jaime Perez (L) and Mary Gourdoux (G) in the general election on November 8, 2016. O'Rourke defeated Ben Mendoza in the Democratic primary on March 1, 2016. No Republicans filed to run in the race.
U.S. House, Texas District 16 General Election, 2016
U.S. House, Texas District 16 Democratic Primary, 2016
Perez ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 16th District. Perez won the Libertarian Party nomination at the state convention in April 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Beto O'Rourke (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
U.S. House, Texas District 16 General Election, 2014
Perez ran for Texas Railroad Commission in 2012. Incumbent Barry Smitherman, Greg Parker, Elizabeth Murphy-Kolb and Al Lee all sought the Republican nomination. Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters - Smitherman and Parker - faced off in a runoff election on July 31, 2012, which Smitherman won.
Smitherman defeated Josh Wendel and Jaime Perez in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Texas Railroad Commissioner 3 General Election, 2012
Perez was the Republican candidate for the El Paso County Court in 2010. He was defeated by Veronica Escobar in the general election.