POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:32am
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — State Senator Wendy Davis made her way to the Valley on Tuesday as part of her gubernatorial campaign, Marty Watson has more on Davis' plan to handle issues affecting the area.
Senator and governor candidate Wendy Davis toured the University of Texas at Brownsville to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding the Valley and its citizens and according to her it all starts with education, "Prioritizing our support of public education and higher education in Texas will make the difference in a community like Brownsville."
In a roundtable discussion, Davis listened to personal testimonies from several UTB professors and students regarding border issues and the low socio-economic status of the Valley. She told us her ideas on dealing with such issues, "Well I've been in the border region the last couple of weeks and what I'm hearing consistently are the challenges in making sure we have the personnel at our ports of entry so we allow goods to be exported and imported more efficiently. It helps the local economy, it helps the job creation and the job base here and obviously it helps the economy of our state and our country as a whole."
UTB Professor, Mark Kaswan stated, "The thing that I got the most from it was that she was very open, she was someone who was clearly very interested in seeing what was going on down here, she was very interested in the problems that Brownsville faces and she was very interested in finding more out about us."
UTB Grad Student, Karen Pimentel, commented, "She's a strong woman and she would be a wonderful role model for a lot of young women, not only in South Texas but this entire state."
Before Senator Davis left she had a few final words, "Our campaign is about making sure the voices throughout Texas are heard and traveling throughout the state and giving voice to people in our communities is very very important to me."