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(Brownsville, TX) - Armando Villalobos, the popularly elected Cameron County District Attorney, today officially filed as a candidate for Texas' newly drawn 27th Congressional District.
"I believe that South Texas can lead in manufacturing, health care and innovation if we - as a nation - recommit ourselves to building an educated workforce," declared Villalobos. "My campaign for Congress is a campaign to fight for and win the opportunities our children deserve," he added.
The 27th Congressional District is anchored in Cameron County and encompasses Willacy, Kenedy, Kleberg and the western portion of Nueces Counties.
"We're a border district and a coastal district, and our economy ranges from agriculture, to trade, to energy, to public service," Villalobos noted. "But despite our diversity, we share the most important things in common: we put our families first, we're not afraid of hard work, and we honor those who serve their country and community." Villalobos, whose father and brother both served in the military, praised recent passage of job tax credits for veterans but called on Congress to do much more to provide the jobs all families deserve.
"It's because of our respect for families, and our respect for hard work, that we believe Social Security and Medicare represent a solemn promise," Villalobos continued. "In Congress, I'll fight to protect the rights and security our seniors have earned and paid for all their lives."
Born and raised in San Benito, Villalobos earned a degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. As a two-term District and County Attorney, Villalobos created the DA's Sword & Shield, an in-house civic and charitable group that assists needy members of the community. Sword & Shield, along with the pre-trial diversion program he created, generates nearly $1 million a year for local non-profits in goods, services and contributions.
Villalobos has scheduled an official campaign kick-off for December 8th in Brownsville, where he will release a list of endorsements from Democratic grassroots leaders throughout the district.
"Washington is broken," Villalobos added. "I consider myself a fixer. In South Texas, we let our work do most of the talking." But the DA, who secured a 99% conviction rate on all cases that have come before his office, was quick to add, "I'm not afraid of a fight, and in Congress I'll stand up to ensure our families take a back seat to no one."