NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

December 4, 2007
CONTACT: 512-463-0119

Senator Uresti visits Fort Davis;
Hosts "Meet and Greet" reception for West Texas constituents

San Antonio, TX – Senator Carlos Uresti hosted an informal "meet and greet" reception for constituents of Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties on Saturday, December 1st in historic Fort Davis.

Senator Uresti's West Texas trip was part of the area's annual Frontier Christmas celebration, and it included a fundraiser dinner for local firefighters and emergency service personnel held at the Fort Davis Fire Hall. More than $1,000 was raised to support emergency services in Jeff Davis County.

"West Texas is one of the most unique areas of Texas and the entire United States. The history, culture, and geography of the Big Bend region is world-renowned. But I think the warmth and independence of the people truly make this place what it is. I am very grateful for the hospitality and honest input I received during my visit, and I look forward to returning soon," Uresti said.

Senator Uresti's used his visit to speak with elected officials and concerned citizens about the many issues of specific concern to the sparsely populated and rural Big Bend area.

"People here care about the same issues that people everywhere care about—education, healthcare, and protecting our children from neglect and abuse. Yet what makes this area, and other rural areas, so unique, is that they face additional challenges that most of us in cities never have to think about. I am working with my constituents to create sustainable and sensible water and energy policies for this area; to make school funding formulas more equitable for sparsely populated areas with low tax bases; and to improve the network of qualified emergency responders that make this area safe for residents -- and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the Big Bend region each year," Uresti said.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.