The latest poll results for governor recently showed Beto O’Rourke was falling further behind. If he wants to beat Governor Greg Abbott who has a nine-point lead and he is running for his third re-election, O’Rourke has some catching up to do.
So, this past week O’Rourke was courting voters in Houston with crowds carrying “Beto for Texas” signs and Beto shirts.
O’Rourke also brought with him some others to speak on his behalf.
The Democratic candidate for commissioner of Harris County’s fourth precinct started off. Lesley Briones started and emphasized the importance of young voters for the upcoming elections.
“Make sure that young people’s voices are heard this November, make sure that they are voting up and down the ballot because our future is in the hands of the youth. And if it’s not, it’s not us at the table then nothing will be changed.”
Following Briones, State Senator Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, spoke about Governor Greg Abbott’s not calling a special session over the shooting in Uvalde that killed two teachers and 19 students in May.
Alvarado also spoke about abortion:
“Waiting periods that makes me think about when we’ve debated abortion bills and they insisted on waiting periods but we can’t get a waiting period for when someone wants to go by an assault rifle.”
Then as Beto O’Rourke took the stage, he catered to voters and wants Texas to become a “right-to-organize state” from a “right-to-work state.” He added he wanted fair compensation for workers.
And O’Rourke focused on education to get rid of the Starr test out and the need for a real public school teacher as the next commissioner of education. Mike Maroth is the current commissioner of education and he doesn’t have a real background in education.
“There are so many places across the state that our current governor has never visited. I guarantee you he hasn’t been to this part. … He hasn’t listened to the people that he’s served. Their streets are failing, they don’t have access to the internet, their hospitals are closing and their cost of living it’s going up in property taxes, utility bills, and phone bills now as well.”
“It’s been young people in the frontlines making change happen. Very often sacrificing, serving, and struggling to get that done. And so whether they’re on college campuses, junior college campuses, senior high school classrooms out there working right now already, we’re gonna go to where they are, make sure that they are brought in and they decide the outcome of this election.”
Do you think O'Rourke can close the gap with Governor Abbott?