If you’ve heard any election news in Texas, odds are that you have heard the name Beto O’Rourke frequently. O’Rourke, a current U.S. Representative, created a splash across traditional and social media last year when he made a commitment to visit all 254 counties in Texas, including Rains County.
In December, O’Rourke, a Democrat, stepped into Sidekick’s restaurant in Emory for a town hall meeting with a roomful of Rains County Democrats and Republicans, including Rains ISD educators. He spoke about his bipartisan work in Washington, D.C. to provide all separating service members with access to mental health evaluations and resources. O’Rourke fielded questions regarding education, health care and other veterans‘ issues from attendees while also taking time to explain his strong resolve to reach across the aisle as often as possible to serve constituents.
O’Rourke led the push to not accept donations from political action committees (PACs) and has outraised Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in recent financial reportings. Donations to his campaign are mainly from individuals both in Texas, who would be his constituents if he is elected, and others from all over the country inspired by his bipartisan message.
O’Rourke explained, “This country really needs to get moving. We need to be creating jobs, we need to be able to connect people with doctors and healthcare. We need to make sure that folks have a reason to vote, to participate in their democracy. We need to fulfill our obligations to our veterans, we really need to have the support of our service members. We need to get some very important things done, and the only way to do that is by working together.
“There is no Democrat who has a monopoly on ideas. There is no Republican who can do it themselves. We really need each other, as Americans, as Democrats and Republicans, as Texans. And it’s time that we started acting that way.”