Governor Greg Abbott today endorsed Pete Flores, Pleasanton, for State Senator in SD-19. Flores is a former leader of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s statewide law enforcement division and has an extensive background in proactive leadership and community involvement. In making his endorsement, Governor Abbott encouraged the constituents of Senate District 19 to send Flores to Austin to enact positive conservative change and vote for him in this Tuesday’s election.
“A vote for Pete Flores this Tuesday, July 31st, is a vote for conservative principles and effective leadership,” said Governor Abbott. “I am proud to endorse Pete for State Senate in SD-19, and I know that he will fight for the values our state holds so dear, including private property rights, securing our border, and protecting the unborn. By electing Pete, voters can be assured that they will be sending a dedicated servant leader to Austin who lives in the district and can be counted on to put the interests of the constituents of SD-19 first.”
Pundits are predicting that the eight-way raise will end in a run-off.
“The Governor, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, both U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep Lamar Smith among others have given their endorsements,” said Flores. “But, the best endorsement comes from the votes cast from our friends and neighbors in Atascosa County and Senate District 19.” This line-up of conservative endorsements for Flores has put him in solid positioning to be in a run-off race if voters show up at the polls on July 31.
Flores ran against former Senator Carlos Uresti in 2016 and earned 40 percent of the vote. Uresti held the Texas Senate District 19 seat since 2009 until his conviction on 12 felony counts in 2018. Flores is one of three Republicans among eight candidates seeking the position. The other two Republican candidates are Jesse Jay Alaniz, and Carlos Antonio Raymond. Charlie Jones, Democrat, Poteet is running against former Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, state Rep. Roland Guitierrez, D-San Antonio and Carlos Uresti’s brother, T. Libertarian candidate for this race is Tony Valdivia.
District 19 covers parts of Bexar and most all of Atascosa County plus 15 counties including Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrel, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavalva. If Flores wins he will be the first Republican since reconstruction that won a Senate seat in District 19. He will also be the first Hispanic Republican ever to win Texas Senate District 19 Seat.
Voting locations in Atascosa County are open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.election day, July 31. Following is the complete list of Atascosa County voting locations: #1 Pleasanton Civic Center, 115 N. Main Street, Pleasanton, Texas 78064, #2 Horace Fincher Center 19031 Priest Blvd., Lytle, Texas 78052, #3 Jourdanton Community Center 1101 Campbell Ave., Jourdanton, Texas 78026, #4 Charlotte Vo. Fire Department, 47 E. Hindes, Charlotte, Texas 78011 and #5 Poteet VFW, 9655 N. SH 16, Poteet, Texas 78065
Early voting and mail-in ballots in Atascosa County saw less than 1000 votes with 26,000 registered voters in the county of 48,500.