Medina Appeals to Some West Texans in Andrews

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - The election primaries are fast approaching and Republican Gubernatorial hopeful Debra Medina may at first look like a little fish out to meet the sharks when stacked up to her opponents Governor Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

But this little fish is acting a lot more like a piranha than a guppy as she fearlessly takes on two of the biggest political names in the state.

Medina was in West Texas this weekend and the fresh face politician is already proving herself to some West Texan supporters.

"Understand that freedom requires eternal vigilance," Medina said. "We've got to pay attention to what's happening around us."

Those were just a few of Debra Medina's opening remarks in Andrews on Saturday.

The South Texas farm girl's down home charm is already earning her West Texan supporters.

"Everything she talks about we stand for," Medina Supporter, Humberto Acosta said. "She's really talking to us. We're Texas people and we really love her."

Medina says she's different than her big time competition.

"They're both big government ideologues," she said. "I am a constitutionalist and I understand that the Republic stands on the rule of law. The job of government is to create a set of laws that are fair, that create an equal opportunity for everyone, but don't guarantee outcome."

She's for gun owner's rights, securing the boarder, restoring Texas sovereignty and eliminating Texas property taxes.

"We don't own property in Texas, we rent it, because of all those taxes on that property," Medina said. "I want to eliminate property taxes so we own land in Texas again. It's a freedom issue, not a fiscal issue."

While some say she's an underdog Medina thinks the recent debates prove she's not.

"I think that's going to be enough to make us not a spoiler in this race not second place, but we're going to cross that finish line first at the end of the day on March 2," she said. "And that's a pretty exciting thing for Texas."