BROWNSVILLE, Texas – State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., has chosen the candidate he would like to succeed him.

The Brownsville Democrat hopes businesswoman Morgan LaMantia will win in the Senate District 27 Democratic Party primary and then go on to victory in the November general election. 

“This is your state Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., and this is Morgan LaMantia. I’m endorsing Morgan for state senator because I believe in her. I believe she is the best and most responsible person to lead our district at our state Capitol in Austin, Texas,” Lucio, D-Brownsville, said, in a video put out by the LaMantia campaign.

In the video, LaMantia responds: “Thank you, Senator. And we appreciate all you have done for South Texas. As your next state senator I will carry on Senator Lucio’s values of honesty, commitment and trust.”

Lucio adds: “Please join me in supporting Morgan LaMantia for state senator, District 27.”

Later, LaMantia said: “It is a great honor to have the trust, support, and endorsement of my dear friend and our current state Senator, Eddie Lucio. Senate District 27 has had a long legacy of leadership and I am proud to be a new generation of leadership standing up for our South Texas communities and families in Austin.”

LaMantia added: “As your next state senator, I am dedicated to moving Senate District 27 forward and being your champion on issues that impact our communities, our families, our economy, and our quality of life. We are stronger together, and I will always fight for what is right and ensure that we get our fair share of funding in Austin. I’m Morgan LaMantia and I humbly ask for your vote.”

Earlier in the campaign, LaMantia won the endorsement of state Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito. Like his father, Lucio III is retiring from the Legislature.

“I care deeply about South Texas, I care deeply about this Senate seat, having so much personal history with it,” Lucio, III said. “(Morgan LaMantia will) take the baton from the work previous lawmakers have done and lead us into a new generation. The importance of strong leadership, character and values from South Texas has never been more critical,” Lucio, III said. 

Other state representative to have endorsed LaMantia include Terry Canales of Edinburg, R.D. ‘Bobby’ Guerra of McAllen, Armando Martinez of Weslaco, Oscar Longoria of La Joya, Sergio Muñoz of Mission, and Abel Herrero of Robstown.

LaMantia has also won the endorsement of Hidalgo County Commissioner for Precinct 1, David Fuentes.

“Morgan LaMantia is the right choice to represent our families and communities in Senate District 27. I’v e worked closely with many legislators to pass important bills and advocate for funding in Austin, and I know Morgan cares about the issues that impact all our South Texas communities. I know she will do an exceptional job representing us in the Texas Senate,” Fuentes said. 

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