McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Texas Land Commissioner is headed back to Austin after visiting the Valley to campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
Jerry Patterson held a meet and greet with potential voters in McAllen on Monday. He was elected Land Commissioner in 2002 and the Republican bills himself as a conservative who passed the concealed handgun law in the 90's.
Patterson is up against three other candidates and says he's the first of the group to favor a guest worker program, "It's part of our economy and our tradition. We just need to do it in a manner that's lawful and benefits folks who live here in the U.S. and the folks who want to work here. I'm in favor of securing our borders, absolutely, or build a fence. There are places where it makes sense to build a fence and there's places where we're just wasting money."
Patterson will square off in a primary election in March against David Dewhurst, Dan Patrick and Todd Staples.