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Senator Pete Flores discusses his special election in 2018, what the path to reelection looks like, and the need to draw attention to the border crisis.
June 24, 2019

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On this week’s Battleground 2020 episode of The Texan’s podcast, Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) sat down with Senior Editor Drew White to discuss the unique circumstances by which he won his special election in 2018, what the path to reelection looks like in his historically blue district, and the need to draw attention to the border crisis.

“The rule of law just has to be followed,” said Flores on the skyrocketing numbers of illegal alien apprehensions at the border.

When asked how the border crisis is affecting those closest to the border, including small-town mayors like Mayor McLaughlin of Uvalde, Flores acknowledged their frustration.

“They have every right to be outraged. And I had advised Mayor McLaughlin. I said, you know, raise hell. Not only raise hell, raise holy hell. And not only you raise holy hell, everybody raise hell. And not just the regular hell raisers, everybody raise hell.”

Flores represents Senate District 19 in the state senate, and won the seat in an upset special election after disgraced former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) resigned and was convicted of 11 felonies. His reelection would all but ensure that Senate Republicans are able to maintain their supermajority going into the 87th legislative session in 2021.

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Ben Billups

Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.