Governor Abbott will run for second term

Friday, Governor Greg Abbott announced his campaign for re-election.
Before the governor even took the stage, chants of “Keep Texas red” and “USA” echoed throughout Sunset Station in San Antonio, but not everybody was excited to see the 48th Governor of Texas.

Several protesters who made it inside of the event were escorted out by police.

“I was not doing anything and they asked me to leave,” said Rosey Abuabara, co-chair of TX 23 Indivisibles.

“The governor’s security was able to take care of it speedily and without any incident or anything that would overshadow his presentation,” said Marian Knowlton, chairman of the Atascosa Republican Party. 

Nothing stopped Abbott from announcing his plans moving forward.

"To keep Texas the very best state in the United States, I'm running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas," Abbott said from the podium. 

Four years ago to the day, Abbott announced he would run for governor of Texas for the first time.

In fact, July 14 is a memorable day for the governor. It was that day in 1984 that a tree limb fell on Abbott leaving him paraplegic, but the lawyer turned politician has changed the difficult anniversary into one he can celebrate.

“It is great to be back in the town when I launched my first campaign for governor. Where we went on to win by 20 percentage points,” said Abbott. 

Friday, the governor was surrounded by his family and supporters as he spoke about his accomplishments during the last few years and he ensured them that he would continue to fight for them.

“That is what this election is all about. It is about us working together to make Texas better, to keep Texas exceptional. It is not as easy as some people suggest,” Abbott said. 

The audience didn't need much reassurance that he was up for the challenge.

“We’re delighted Governor Abbott has done so much for the state of Texas and we're glad that he's going to continue his work,” Knowlton said. 

However, a growing group outside the event felt very differently about the governor's presence in the Alamo City.

“I think it's a slap in the face to all of us Mexican-Americans that he announces here. He's so racist and hateful,” said Abuabara. 

The gubernatorial election will take place in November of 2018.