Beto O’Rourke makes campaign stop in WF

Published: Feb. 5, 2022 at 10:57 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O’Rourke hosted a ‘Keeping the Light On’ campaign on Saturday night at the Wichita Falls MPEC. There, he spoke face to face with voters to find out what changes they would like to see in the Lone Star State.

“I love being back in Wichita Falls and listening to the people of this community. All of them want to see us come together, stop the division, the fighting and get this state moving forward,” O’Rourke said.

Since announcing his run for Texas governor on Nov. 15, the 2020 democratic presidential nominee has visited Wichita Falls three times.

“We have to do a few things to make sure the grid works,” O’Rourke said. We’ve got to weatherize the gas supply, which was a major problem last February. We need to connect with the rest of the country’s grid, so when we need power we can draw it down and when we wanna sell power from Texas to the rest of the country we can do that as well. Then, we need to go after those who stole $11 billion from the people of Texas. That’s how much money some of these energy traders, gas companies, CEOs made and now every single Texan, including those in Wichita Falls, will be paying higher utility bills as a consequence. We need to get that money back.”

During the rally, 150 supporters joined O’Rourke in discussing issues like voting rights, mental health, and the Texas power grid after a week of winter storms.

‘The relationships between the races have become difficult or estranged under the past administration and we need someone in office who’s going to bring the people together. It’s nice to talk about it, it’ll be much better if we could do something about it,” Jesse Bogan, a supporter of O’Rourke, said. “He’s a Democrat and I’m in support of almost any Democrat because we need to see change. I like what he stands for and I like his useful approach.”

“I’m going to do everything I can to bring democrats republicans and independents together there is a brighter future for Texas but we’ve got to make a change now,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke said his next campaign stop is in Denton, which is one of the many stops along his 20 cities in 12 days ‘Keeping the Lights On’ campaign.

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