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David Stout
Commissioner Pct. 2
David Stout

Contact Information

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

500 E. San Antonio
Suite 301
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2111
Fax (915) 543-3817


Alberto Halpern
Senior Policy Advisor

Valeria Contreras
Public Policy Analyst

David Stout was born in Wyoming, but has spent the majority of his life in the West Texas and New Mexico borderland. He received his undergraduate degree with majors in Latin American Studies and Spanish and his Master's in Latin American Studies, with concentrations in International Business and Brazilian Culture and Literature, from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The summer between his junior and senior years in high school, he spent time in Michoacán, Mexico building latrines and teaching avocado farmers the importance of personal hygiene. This ignited his passion to learn about Latin American culture, economics, and politics. While in college, he traveled extensively throughout Mexico and South America. He lived and studied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and completed a special border studies program sponsored by NMSU and George Mason University, which allowed him the opportunity to work in Ciudad Juarez while taking classes in Las Cruces for a semester.

David started out professionally in Albuquerque as an intern with the local Univision affiliate. He quickly progressed and within a few months was editing, writing, and presenting stories on air. After nearly a year with Univision, he was hired by the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, where he worked for nearly three years. In 2006, David was hired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. to work as the Communications Coordinator for the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform: Justice for Immigrants. In mid-2007, he was asked to help build a new Spanish-language newscast for the Telemundo affiliate in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He spent three years as a producer/reporter in Oklahoma City, and in 2010 came to El Paso to continue his award winning journalistic career as a reporter with Noticias 26 Univision. After nearly two years, David took a position on the staff of Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez as a media relations specialist, binational affairs liaison, and legislative aide. David also began teaching Portuguese at UTEP in August of 2013.

David sought the seat of County Commissioner because he believes in the importance of being involved in his community, working for progress, and bringing about change that will enhance our quality of life. The idea of public service and giving back to the community was instilled in him from a very young age. Throughout his formative years, David’s parents made sure their family was always involved in volunteer programs such as "Meals on Wheels" and "Adopt a Highway." It was the volunteer program, "Amigos de las Americas," which took him to Michoacán, Mexico.

Throughout his professional career, David always chose to work in areas that were not just self-benefitting, but allowed him to give something back to the community and serve others. He chose to spend the majority of his career as a journalist in Spanish-language TV because he felt his job was not just informing the public, but helping a population that is often the underdog, the underserved, and many times, forgotten. For him, this was public service.

David chose to broaden his horizons by working for Senator Rodriguez because he knew he would gain another perspective on public service. He is proud to have had the opportunity to not only represent the Senator when he was unable to attend certain events, but to work with constituents to solve their problems, as well as help to make sure many of the bills he passed made it through the legislative process successfully.

Becoming County Commissioner was the next step in David’s public service career, and his promise to the community is to work hard to make sure his constituents have the representation they deserve.