Victoria Democrats rally in effort to turn Texas blue
David Alameel, the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in Texas, said one day he woke up and realized while he is living the American dream, many are not.
"There comes a point when we say enough is enough and fight back," he told a crowd of about 100 on Sunday at the Victoria Democrats Club Candidates Rally and Ice Cream Social at the Victoria Regional Airport Officers Club.
The event brought in several candidates running for local and state offices to share their visions of a blue Texas.
"This is our country, our economy, and we deserve a life worth living," Alameel continued after sharing with the crowd his journey from emigrating to America with $120 in his pocket to picking strawberries in California fields to joining the U.S. Army, affording him the option to go to college, where he received a dental degree.
Pat Tally, of Victoria, said she felt hopeful of the upcoming elections in November after meeting and listening to the candidates Sunday.
"We have really great candidates with issues we're concerned about," she said, noting a lot of current people in office don't represent her.
"The Republican Party doesn't represent the people - they don't," she said. "We want stronger families, health care and gender equality."
Club president Laura Kinnison said the purpose of the social was to hear the candidates' platforms.
"We hope people look at it as an informative event," she said. "With the amount of Democrats on the ballot this year, some may still be undecided."
The free event also featured an auction and bake sale to help cover costs involved.
Other candidates at the rally included attorney general-hopeful Sam Houston; Robert Cortez, Victoria County Clerk incumbent; and Jane Bernal, who is running for Victoria district clerk.
Transparency, jobs and education were hot-button items among the audience.
Making public colleges affordable is at the top of the list, Alameel said.
"They ought to have a federal law that all children have a right to the same access to public universities," he said.
With the rising cost of public colleges in Texas, he said, the cost makes them appear semiprivate.
"They should be practically free," he said. "That's what public means."
That idea also should flow into early education, Alameel said, stating rich neighborhoods shouldn't be the only area benefiting from that dream.
"Don't you think it's time we put America first?" he asked.