Chicano Historian Is the Democratic Candidate in Congressional District 19

By March 12, 2018Press

Roberto R. Calderón
Historia Chicana
March 9, 2018

Nota: Chicano historian and professor of history at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and someone many of us have had the pleasure of knowing in the past through the work we do as teachers, researchers, writers and all the rest, was a Democratic congressional candidate in Texas’s 19th Congressional District. Miguel ran unopposed in the Democratic primary this past March 6, 2018, and will be facing the Republican incumbent Jodey Arrington, next November 2018 in the midterm election. Arrington was elected in 2016, and ran unopposed in the primary as well. The 19th Congressional District encompasses the following counties: Bailey, Border, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Haskell, Hockley, Howard, Jones, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Nolan, Parmer, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall, Taylor, Terry Throckmorton, Yoakum and Young counties as well as areas of Floyd and Stephens counties.

Here’s a link to an article in the Mexican American newspaper, El Editor, which covers the Midland, Odessa and Lubbock area. The article was written nearly a year ago (April 13-17, 2017) when Miguel first announced he would be running for the office. We can’t recall the last time there was a Chicana/o historian in Texas running for Congress. This must be a first-time event and it happened during the recent primary election of March 6, 2018. For historical purposes we have copied the text below and attached a PDF of the same.—Roberto R. Calderón, Historia Chicana [Historia]

Miguel Levario Announces U.S. House Campaign

Lubbock, TX – Miguel Levario, associate professor of U. S. History at Texas Tech University, will formally announce his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives District 19 seat at the Charles Adams Gallery, 602 Avenue J in Lubbock at 6:00 p.m. on April 17.

Levario, 39, is a Democrat who believes the voters of District 19 deserve a real choice when they go to the polls on November 8, 2018 – not just a default congressman picked in the Republican primary. According to Levario, “I am convinced that the times we are living in require true leadership that takes into account the needs of all the people in District 19. Too many of our neighbors are living on the edge thanks to ill-conceived Republican policies that fail our farmers, fail our wage earners and fail our young people. We need responsible government and equality of opportunity.”

A life-long Texan, Levario grew up in El Paso. He is a graduate the University of Notre Dame University, Stanford University, and the University of Texas in Austin. He authored the book, Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (TAMU Press, 2012). He and his wife Susie are the parents of two, and have resided in Lubbock for the last 10 years.