Todd Staples campaigns in Plano for Lt. Governor

Staples says he has listened to rural urban and suburban voters as he's crisscrossed the state
February 26, 2014 5:08:48 PM PST
It's less than a week until primary Election Day and one of the major races on the Republican Primary ballot is the race for lieutenant governor. We continue our weeklong series profiling each of the four men running for the job.

The first stop Wednesday morning took one lieutenant governor candidate to an early voting site in Arlington.

"Good morning, a little cool out here today," said Lt. Governor candidate Todd Staples.

Agricultural Commissioner Staples has less than a week to get his message out.

It was a cool morning and a low turnout. Staples redirected his bus to where voters would be Wednesday morning.

"I'm Todd Staples, nice to meet you too," he told a voter.

Voters were at a local coffee shop.

"How many kids do you have in your program?" he asked a potential voter.

"Nearly 700," he responded.

Staples says he has listened to rural, urban and suburban voters as he's crisscrossed the state.

"They're very concerned, they don't want to see Texas become like California or Illinois," said Staples. "They don't want to see government grow unnecessarily just because our state grows."

Another top concern and priority one is border security and immigration reform.

"The State of Texas needs to step up because our federal government has failed to do its job. So, we do need to allocate resources to secure our border and I've actually done that. I'm the only one in that race that has taken that stand two-fold."

Jobs and the economy are other topics on his agenda.

"We don't need to reinvent ourselves. We need to rededicate ourselves to the principals that built the best economy this world has ever seen. We know what that economy looks like, it looks like Texas," Staples said.

And education reform is also part of what he calls his contract with Texans as he spoke to the Fort Worth Republican Women's Club.

"This race shouldn't be about sound bites, it should be about solutions," he said.

His bus will keep moving until it's parked on election night in Austin.

The candidates are making the most of every minute, leading up to next Tuesday. He will continue to campaigning in the Dallas Fort Worth area. On Friday, he'll be in The Woodlands and in Houston.

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