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Bush Stops by TSTC on a Fact-finding Visit to Valley

Friday, July 19, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

George P. BushGeorge P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, spent Friday morning at Texas State Technical College on a fact-finding visit in Harlingen to learn more about the area and the college. Bush is the oldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former U.S. President George W. Bush and grandson of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. He’s also the great grandson of former U.S. Senator Prescott Bush.

The attorney and real estate investor from Fort Worth, officially filed to run for Land Commissioner in March. His latest trip to Harlingen wasn’t his first to the Rio Grande Valley. And he expects to make frequent stops in the Valley in the future, Bush said.

TSTC was one of several stops made by Bush on Friday in the Valley. His fact-finding tour of the region is an effort to better understand the needs of one of the fastest growing areas of the state, Bush said.

“A big part of running for office, is understanding the different regions in the state,” Bush said. “There are 254 counties that together make this a great state. And the Valley is no exception.”

Bush spent the first hour of his two-hour visit listening to TSTC President Cesar Maldonado, faculty and students speak about the college.

After Maldonado highlighted the college, TSTC Student Government Association President Tara Mendez spoke about student life on campus.

Registered Nursing Program Chairwoman Rachel Wilson and Business Management Technology Chairwoman Elvia Silva also spent a few minutes speaking on behalf of their programs.

Following the presentations, Bush was introduced by local physician Nolan Perez and spoke to an intimate crowd. Bush also fielded questions from TSTC students.

“I too have a passion for education and your college’s commitment to education is important,” Bush said.

Following the presentations, Bush toured the Wind Energy Technology program.

“We’re blessed to have as many Fortune 500 companies in Texas as New York,” Bush said. “The future of the workforce depends on education. And TSTC is one of the pioneers in doing that and providing qualified individuals to join industry.”

An officer in the United States Navy Reserve, Bush also spoke in support of the area’s veterans.

“We can help out veterans by giving them economic opportunity for tomorrow,” Bush said. “Economic opportunity gets veterans moving on a path forward.”


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