BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In our latest episode of Meet the Candidate, we catch up with Sara Stapleton Barrera, a candidate for the open Texas Senate District 27 seat. 

The seat is open because longtime legislator, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., is retiring at the next election.

In the Zoom conversation below, Stapleton Barrera, a Democrat, explains her platform. She says the platform is similar to the one she ran on in the last District 27 election. 


Sara Stapleton Barrera was born in Harlingen and raised in Brownsville. She is a trial lawyer, mother of three, and wife to Attorney Ricardo Barrera, who was born and raised to one of the original families from Kingsville. Her father is also a trial lawyer, a former chair of the Cameron County Democratic Party, and her mother is a principal at a private Catholic school.

Stapleton Barrera was educated at Antioch College where she became a music scholar and later went to Texas Southern University, where she earned her Juris Doctor. 

Stapleton Barrera is a former teacher, a former attendant of children and adults with special needs, and was the first intern accepted to the Trial Lawyers College, while directed by renowned jury trial attorney, Gerry Spence. 

During Stapleton Barrera’s career, she has resolved constitutional violations and defended the indigent in the most rural areas of Texas as a lawyer with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. 

She is the founder of South Texans for Term Limits and has assisted three major municipalities in South Texas adopt term limits since her run in 2020 against Sen. Lucio. In that election she was endorsed by various statewide education, human rights, and environmental groups.

Editor’s Note: We are endeavoring to feature all the South Texas candidates in the March primaries. To schedule a podcast or Zoom email: [email protected].

Quality journalism takes time, effort and…. Money!

Producing quality journalism is not cheap. The coronavirus has resulted in falling revenues across the newsrooms of the United States. However, The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service is committed to producing quality news reporting on the issues that matter to border residents. The support of our members is vital in ensuring our mission gets fulfilled. 

Can we count on your support? If so, click HERE. Thank you!

Keep on top of the big stories affecting the Texas-Mexico. Join our mailing list to receive regular email alerts.

Sign-up for the latest news

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact