HARLINGEN, Texas – Cameron County Judge candidate Carlos Cascos hopes this is the year people say that you cannot win a statewide election in Texas without winning the Rio Grande Valley. 

Cascos spoke at a rally with Gov. Greg Abbott at Frankie Flav’s Craft Burger House in Harlingen on Saturday. The rally preceded a block walk in the Karis Court neighborhood of Harlingen. 

Praising Gov. Abbott, Cascos said: “Governor Abbott has spent more time… in the Valley, in South Texas, than any other governor, probably in the last two generations combined. And there’s a reason for that. Not only because he wants to win the Valley, but he believes in our livelihoods, he believes in our principles, he believes in the way we do things.”

Cascos continued: “People say, you’ve got to win Houston, you’ve got to win Dallas, you’ve got to win San Antonio. You’ve got to win this, you’ve got to win that, in order to win the state. I want this to be the year when people will start saying, if you want to win Texas, you’ve got to win the Valley.”

The audience cheered. 

Cascos said this would mean the Valley no longer got taken for granted. More cheers. 

Cascos has served as Cameron County Judge before. He ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2018. He said this time the dynamics are different. For one thing, he said, voting la palanca is no longer an option.

“Straight ticket voting is gone and that puts everybody on a level playing field,” Cascos said. “Heaven forbid that people have to think before they vote.”

Cascos said he wants people to know who they are voting for and the reason they are voting for that candidate. “Because I am an R or a D or an I or a vegetarian, it does not matter. Vote for the person you believe can best represent our values, our principles.”

Cascos claimed Texas is doing well economically. He said it was not a miracle. “It was deliberate economic policies set forth, beginning with Governor Perry and now followed through and continued by Governor Abbott. And we are going to continue this policies.”

Why would people move to Texas, Cascos asked. He then answered: “No state income tax. We are a right-to-work state, with limited government intervention. That is what we need. It is simple. It is not difficult to comprehend. But that is why Texas is the number one state. This is the place to be if you want to succeed.”


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