Rick Noriega is intent on changing the way Texans are represented, and spent a few hours Friday afternoon asking for support from local Democrats.

“Faith, hope and pride are permanent residents in our state,” said Noriega, who is running for the Senate against incumbent John Cornyn. “I believe the best is yet to come. But it will take leadership that will address the challenges facing our state.”

The candidate, who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and spent a year in Afghanistan after 9/11, is critical of Cornyn’s voting record and encouraged voters to press for change.

“One of the biggest challenges facing this state on Nov. 4 is the need to vote John Cornyn out of the Senate,” Noriega said. “We as Texans expect a lot from our senators. We expect them to provide vision and leadership to reach our potential. Cornyn has voted against Texas families, and we deserve better.”

Noriega discussed many key issues with the residents who attended his event, held at the Museum of the Americas, which Noriega described as “a little jewel.”

Noriega also took questions on education, energy and the war in Iraq.

“We talk a good game,” he said, regarding education. “But we need to pay teachers like the professionals they are. We need to get out of the way and let them teach instead of focusing on one test a year.”

In closing, Noriega encouraged area Democrats to do everything they could to support change, from the local level all the way through national offices.

“There is nothing more powerful than the will of the people of the state of Texas,” he said. “It’s time for someone to be in office who will represent that will, and those people.”

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