April 19, 2017
Miguel Levario remembers his parents teaching him and his siblings to always love and serve others. He hopes to keep those ideas uppermost if he can win election as congressman for the 19th District in 2018.
Levario, a Democrat, promoted his candidacy during a meet-and-eat at Miguel’s (no relation, he joked) Tex-Mex Restaurant Wednesday evening. He will be attempting to unseat newly elected Republican U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington.
He is basing his campaign on being a congressman who will be seen in the district, not just in Washington.
“How can (Arrington) represent his constituents if he never sees them?” Levario asked to applause. “I’m here to listen, to understand and to communicate with the Capitol.”
Levario grew up in Anthony, 15 yards from New Mexico line, he said. He attended school in El Paso, gained a master’s degree from Notre Dame and a doctorate from the University of Texas in history. He is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University, specializing in borderlands (Texas/Mexico border).
Immigration issues and a potential border wall are high on his attention list. His belief is that the border has never been more secure and that most immigrants bring positive value to the United States.
“I understand the border; I lived there,” he said. “They are our neighbors.
“We are a nation of immigrants. We are welcoming.”
A wall, he said, is strictly a campaign issue that means nothing, he added.
Levario also considers rural issues, such as farming, small communities and small schools, to have more importance than they have been granted in the past. He promised to run a “grassroots campaign for the forgotten people.”
He encouraged the gathering to work to elect Democrats to office. He called it one of the reasons he announced his candidacy so early.
“It allows us to build the presence of the Democratic Party,” he said. “It will allow us to reach out to as many people as possible, to as many corners as possible.”
Of the Donald Trump administration, Levario said, “They don’t want small government; they want to own government. We need a representative that will make government work for us.”
Referring to fellow Democrats, he ended his remarks by saying, “It’s time to rise up and be heard. Let’s make history together.”