Posted: May 29, 2012 4:37 PM
Updated: May 29, 2012 5:19 PM
WESLACO - Irene Rodriguez is preparing to close the book on this day. The veteran politiquera has stood outside the polls for 50 years.
As a politiquera, she knows people and knows how to get them to vote. For six months, she visited everyone she knows and a few she didn't.
"I did my homework," she tells us. Rodriguez passed along information about her candidate of choice.
"I went down my book on the people that I know," she explains. "I said, ‘This is where you go and vote. Okay?'"
Rodriguez has the routine down pat. The Weslaco mother and housewife found her personal mission during the 1960s. She says she wanted to educate woman on their importance and the importance of educating their children.
Rodriguez says many women in the Rio Grande Valley didn't vote.
She recalls her first grassroots effort. "We had meetings, up to 300 people," she tells us.
She's invested her time in school, city and county elections. Rodriguez says, "But it all boils down to the candidate that you believe in."
People like Rodriguez are working for candidates across the Valley. Politiqueras have a long history in Valley politics. Some have caused controversy in the past.