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Bridging the gap: Lopez readies for final push in Distict 30 race

By Austin Jackson | Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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LOCAL TO STATE – Texas senate District 30 candidate and Bridgeport City Council member Kevin Lopez is readying for his final push in the District 30 race against Texas Rep. Pat Fallon of Prosper. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The race for Texas Senate District 30 is rounding towards the home stretch, and Paradise native and Bridgeport city council member Kevin Lopez is hoping to make some waves come November.

Lopez, the democratic nominee for Texas Senate District 30 entered the race with a fever, battling the flu as he raced to Austin on Dec. 11, 2017, to enter the race at the last minute.

He’s now locked in a battle with Rep. Pat Fallon, a three-term member of the Texas House from Prosper who earned the nomination over incumbent Craig Estes of Wichita Falls in the GOP primary.

Lopez took a stop along the campaign trail at the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas candidate forum at the Decatur Conference Center last week, sharing the stage with Democratic nominees for Texas Governor Lupe Valdez, Texas Lt. Governor Mike Collier and other democratic candidates.

The firefighter by trade said his grassroots campaign to serve the state has been an intense, but important ride thus far.

“I hit the ground running and started a campaign because [Fallon] has the large money,” Lopez said. “He’s got the big war chest and I knew that it was an uphill battle and the way to beat him was to get out to the community and get out there going door to door, participating in speaking engagements, meeting with veterans, and meeting with everybody that I could possibly meet with in the district. I had to get my name out there and share my platform, which I think represents what District 30 is about having grown up here.

“I’m going to leave no stone unturned,” he added.

Lopez, who’s in his second term on the Bridgeport City Council said he’s been emboldened by Fallon’s ‘divisive rhetoric’ and believes his own message of unity and putting public education and infrastructure first is resonating with District 30 voters.

The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board endorsed Lopez last Sunday. The editorial said while Lopez might not have the depth of experience like Fallon, his stances against private school education vouchers and for rural infrastructure are positions that will better Texas’ future.

“Being an elected official, my focus are the long term goals,” Lopez said. “The five-, 10-, 20-year goals. What I want to do is get around to all the communities, be it your city governments, county governments, your education community, even community organizations and say, what are your needs and wants. That way I can go to Austin and vote accordingly for the citizens of District 30.”

Education and infrastructure are Lopez’s central focus on the campaign trail.

At the local level, Lopez met with state and federal entities in search of funding for infrastructure to bring the City of Bridgeport high-speed internet. The city did not qualify for grant funding, but as a result of those meetings, Lopez worked with the city to establish a private-public partnership to upgrade the City of Bridgeport’s infrastructure to secure fiber optics for faster internet speeds.

Recently, Lopez also helped bring career trade classes like the drone program, which Bridgeport High School is implementing this year.

“When they complete the drone class, they’re set up for a job,” Lopez said at the candidate forum. “They get a head start in a career with a certification to enter the job market making $50-90,000 per year.”

Considering his work in the community and on the campaign trail, Lopez said Fallon is overly confident entering the election.

“He hasn’t even been in the country,” Lopez said. “He’s hardly campaigned since the primaries. He’s been mostly out of state, he’s been even out of country up in Canada vacationing the entire summer. If somebody actually cared about our communities, they would take the time and effort to be campaigning all across our district, not just for one period.

“My intention is to stop Pat Fallon from being our state representative. He doesn’t have the same values as us here in Senate District 30 and I don’t think he understands our needs. He’s not even from here,” Lopez added.

If elected to serve from the local to the state level, Lopez said he will reach across the aisle for the betterment of District 30, adding that his message is being heard by voters, regardless of party affiliation.

“We are getting a lot of good response out on the campaign trail,” Lopez said. “We’re getting a lot of bipartisan support. I feel people in Senate District 30 really want somebody who’s going to work for them. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on. I don’t care if you’re Republican, independent, whatever party affiliation or no party affiliation at all. I’m here to represent the citizens of Senate District 30 and I’m here to reach across the aisle. I don’t care who it is, if you can help Senate District 30, I am here to work with you. People are seeing that on the trail and the numbers that we’re receiving from our following have indicated that we’re doing very well.”

NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Lopez helped bring high-speed internet to Bridgeport ISD. Lopez helped secure a private-public partnership to bring high-speed internet to the City of Bridgeport. The Messenger regrets this error.

One Response to “Bridging the gap: Lopez readies for final push in Distict 30 race”

  1. says:

    There are so many half truths and falsehoods in the Democratic candidate’s comments I don’t know where to begin. Suffice to say, I was unaware that a 2 Day trip to Canada constituted ‘being away all summer’. Another petty inaccuracy in reference to me is his claim that, “I’m not from here.” The Air Force brought me to Texas 27 years ago and I have spent my entire adult life in this great State. As for my priorities and values? Here they are: A secure border, Limited Gov’t, low taxes, reasonable regulation, personal responsibility, religious liberty, charity, kindness, honesty, integrity, work ethic, humility and love of God, Country and Community. These are the principles that have made Texas the greatest state in our union. Funny how other large states controlled by liberals (California, New York and Illinois) are all bleeding people, companies, jobs and opportunity to Texas. What do those states have in common?! They’re dominated by liberal lawmakers and ‘progressive’ policies. Mr Lopez is voting for Beto O’Rourke, Lupe Valdez and the entire liberal slate. Senate District 30 voters aren’t fooled by his weak attacks and misleading rhetoric. Texas will remain very red, we will remain prosperous and I will personally continue to be a fierce advocate for the taxpayer and work every day on this campaign and for the people of North Texas in Austin and here at home. God bless!

    Pat Fallon

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