The Pioneer is interviewing candidates for the 23rd Congressional District as they come to Pecos County. Here is an interview with Raul Reyes:
As a pro-Trump, pro-border wall, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-limited-government, conservative, and a Christian, Raul Reyes has a lot to say about keeping Texas' 23rd Congressional District a Republican seat in the House of Representatives for a fourth consecutive election come November 2020.
But he also knows that his first has to win his party's nomination in the March 2020 primary – a race thrown into added uncertainty after incumbent Will Hurd announced in August that he will not seek a fourth term.
Reyes and Alma Arredondo-Lynch both had announced their candidacies earlier in the year to challenge Hurd in the primary. Since Hurd's departure, Tony Gonzales has entered the GOP primary field. There may be more before the primary filing deadline in December.
“I think there will be candidates who are outsiders stepping in here, and that is the worse mistake we can do as a party,” Reyes said. “But this is politics and these people do what they want.”
Reyes said main thing separates him from the other Republican challengers.
“Experience. I am overwhelming the most qualified candidate of all of them. – bar none,” Reyes said during an interview prior to an address to local voters Sept. 19 at the Annie Riggs Museum in Fort Stockton. “You have to look at my federal military experience at the officer level as a Lt. Colonel. I am the only candidate with a wealth of experience in Central and South America.”
Reyes was a cyber-security officer working the “triangle” of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The experience, he said, gives him extensive knowledge of the problems in Central America that are presently affecting us at the Texas-Mexico border.
The sprawling 23rd Congressional District covers 29 counties between San Antonio and El Paso. At more than 800 miles, it is not only the longest district in the U.S., but also the one with the most territory along the U.S.-Mexico border.