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County Democrats host senatorial candidate

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MISSION, Texas – Early voting for the Texas Primary in March begins on Tuesday. As election day nears. the candidates are making their final case for your vote.

The Hidalgo County Democratic Party hosted a luncheon for longtime Texas Senator of District 23 and candidate for U.S. Senate, Royce West. Party Chair Norma Ramirez says events like this allow voters to express specific concerns.

“As one of the seventh largest counties in Texas, that were not skipped over, that were not ignored. We want to make sure that we are heard. We want to make sure that we listen to what we need.”

Senator West, a seasoned legislator serving 26 years in the Texas Senate, says many of the Valley’s delegation of leadership are his trusted friends. They support his candidacy, adding the Valley can always count on him as a partner.

“Building a medical school, a hospital down here, I was there working very closely with your state senators and representatives to get that done. In terms of higher education institutions, I’ve been very involved in making sure that we do everything we need to get that quality education down here in the Valley.”

West says if elected to the U.S. Senate he would listen during his Valley visits. One issue which caught his concern is dealing with aerostats or border surveillance blimps. “Aerostats, from what I understand, create a privacy concern. Because they can just come and look into peoples homes and the whole nine yards.”

Senator West says with his references and experience he is the best person for the job.

“What I want to do is for people to look at the 26 years of experience that I had in the state in Texas. In the state senate working with Democrats and Republicans. Building coalitions based on interest, not based on party affiliation.”

Norma Ramirez says this election is drawing a lot of interest and the party is working hard to push out the vote, welcoming more candidates to visit the Valley.

“We are eager to talk to them. Explain to them what our needs our and it’s very important to us that they do visit with us and co-mingle with us.”

Royce West is facing a primary challenge from more than half a dozen Democratic candidates. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn in the November election.

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