What's in a Name?

Rose Renfro is not Hispanic, but she plays one on on election day. Yesterday The Dallas Morning News' Jim O'Neill reported how Renfro, a candidate for Dallas county commissioner, exploited a little-known Texas election code that allows you to include your nickname on the ballot. Running in a district that includes the predominantly Hispanic Oak Cliff, the blond Renfro went with "Rosita." She beat opponent Scott Chase by 30 votes

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Unfair Park caught up with Rosita this morning, and she tried to explain that she went with the Hispanic-sounding nickname not out of any crude political calculation, but because it was a term of affection from her late husband. "I miss him terribly, even though he's been gone 16 years, and when I ran for county commissioner I thought what he would tell me and that he'd say 'Rosita, you should run, you could win,'" she says.

Turns out he was right. —Matt Pulle


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