INTERVIEW: Burrows warns of money, ideas changing Texas culture

INTERVIEW: Burrows warns of money, ideas changing Texas culture

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R) is up for re-election in the midterm election, facing Democratic challenger Drew Landry. This would be his third term in Austin.

A guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, Burrows explained his work to support rural schools last session will continue.

"One of my number one, top priorities is the same as Governor Abbott's: school safety," Burrows said. "After the shootings we've seen, there's not a parent, grandparent, or child I know that isn't insecure about some things, so I think the Texas Legislature needs to -- and I fully support -- putting funding into the school system and directing it to make sure our schools are more safe and secure."

Burrows said redistricting is an issue that should be on "everyone's" radar, but isn't. He said the Legislature needs all the representatives west of I-35 it can find, but said former attorney general Eric Holder is putting $250,000 into Texas House seat elections to try redrawing the maps.

"Essentially, taking members from this side of I-35," Burrows said, "and putting them in urban areas. We can't do that. Long term effects, we need seniority and one of the big things we'll have to fight for to have our relevancy in a Legislature where the urban areas are growing and, unfortunately, we're not growing as quickly."

Burrows's full interview is attached to the top of this story.

Early voting begins Oct. 22; Election Day is Nov. 6.

You can watch our interview with Democrat Drew Landry here.

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