U.S. Congressional District 27
Congressman Michael Cloud (R)
This candidate did not respond to our request for information by the deadline.
James Duerr (I)
Independent Candidate - U.S. Representative District 27 - Congress
Boards and Committees Held:
Board Member - Nueces County Appraisal District
Board of Regent - Del Mar College
Board Member Medical Society Alliance Local Chapter
City of Corpus Christi Committee for Persons with Disabilities
Leadership Corpus Christi Class 34
Chair - Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Association
Board Member - Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend
Ocean Engineering B.S. - Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
Married to 33 Years with 2 kids
Eric Holguin (D)
My name is Eric Holguin. I was born and raised in a working class family in South Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. My father is a respected teacher and championship winning football coach, and my mother is a caring nurse. I’m also very proud to come from a law enforcement family. My two brothers are Texas State Troopers, close relatives work in various levels of law enforcement, and my grandfather was a Justice of the Peace for many years in Jim Hogg County. My support system is mi familia, and they’ve always taught me to work for what I want and never ask for freebies. My late abuela, Maria, taught me to always stand up for those who can’t do so for themselves. She had to do so as a single mother raising my father and tio.
There was one cardinal priority in my family - and that is education. My father told me and my siblings that if we aren’t going to college, then we had 90 days to find a job and move out. So college it was. I signed up for financial aid through Pell grants, federal student loans, parent-student loans, and worked various jobs to get my college degree. More importantly, completing those four years got me a key to opportunity in this country.
During my time as a public servant, I have spent hundreds of hours across various diverse communities, listening to the concerns of constituents – and taking action to support them. I worked on advancing a range of issues dealing with education, infrastructure, housing, senior citizens, small businesses, healthcare, homelessness, LGBTQ, and more.
While serving at the New York City Comptroller’s office, I learned the critical importance of safeguarding the City’s fiscal health, rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in local government, and ensuring that municipal agencies serve the needs of everyone in the community – not just some.
My family wasn’t wealthy, but we were determined to succeed. In today’s economy, we have to work harder than ever to ensure that everyone has a fighting chance to have that same key to opportunity.
I am a faithful husband, father of 3 and grandfather. I have a 38+ year track record of public service much without pay. I teach High School in Bay City for 18 years, served the community as a Child Advocate for 10 years, served on boards for food banks and other organizations and am the only veteran running to represent our district. I am a structural engineering tech and designer with 33 years of experience in the design, estimating and construction of bridges, retaining wall, drainage systems and residential and commercial structures some up to 2.56 acres under one roof. I can build about anything from concept to competition. I quit the high paying and prestigious engineering field to teach and give back some of what this nation has provided opportunity for me to achieve. To explain why I choose a life of service to others I will give some of my back ground.
I grew up in Baltimore Maryland, the most violent city in the nation. While still in High School I was on my own sleeping where I could often on the streets. After graduating (yes I walked across the stage with my class) I fled Baltimore the only way I could as far south as I could. I rode a bicycle to Florida. I got to Tampa and my bike and all I owned was stolen. Now envision yourself a teenager 1700 miles from all and anyone you know, no phone call or life line with nothing but what you have on and that is how you begin your life. I lived in a park until I could get work and never thought myself a victim or demanded what I did not earn. After 2 years of low paying dead end jobs I realized I was as smart or even more so than those I worked for. The difference was they had an education and I did not.
On January 20 1981 I swore into the Army taking an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. While sitting in a room with 80 others I found a copy of the Constitution and read it as I didn’t remember what it said. I felt part of something bigger than just me. I watched a TV in the front of the room and witnessed my new Commander in Chief, Ronald Reagan take his 1st oath as president just hours after my oath. This began my journey of service. I planned to make a career out of the military and stay single and said if the Army wanted me to have a wife they’d issue me one. While stationed in N. Africa and the Mid-East they did just that as it was there I met my wife a fellow soldier. We wed at Post Gift Chapel on Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. We moved to the Texas Gulf coast in 1989 as we fell in love with the area but mostly the people. We began serving in our church, helped get CASA (child advocacy) to our area and served in more ways than I can say.
As you can see I am not like the other candidates as I do not have a political background and have not worked my way up the party food chain nor have big party backing. I am a true servant and only seek to be the voice, truly represent the people of our district. The only way my message will be heard is through people like you. My philosophy is simple. I trust people to live as they see fit without force and I trust people to help others as they see fit as well. I believe the government has been a hindrance to this end and has grown so large and overbearing it no longer can do the main purpose of government, protect us from those who seek to do us harm or take our liberties. In short I seek to restore our federal government to a Constitutional Republic with strong states’ rights and maximum personal liberty.