Editor’s Note: This story corrects a previous version of Mayor Oscar Leeser’s statement that was posted earlier.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — On Monday night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlines his 2021 priorities for Texas during his annual State of the State address.
During the address, he said, “Normalcy is returning to Texas.”
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser responded to his address, asking the governor to pass COVID-19 relief to help El Pasoans and all Texans. Below is a transcript of his response:
“I’m Oscar Leeser, the Mayor of El Paso. My city is resilient. We have been through so much in the last year and a half, including a mass shooting and the devastating challenges of being one of the cities hardest hit by COVID-19.
The coronavirus has claimed too many lives, including my mother and my brother. No one is immune to the virus, regardless of your income, your race or your gender and, while I know personally what it’s like to have your family torn apart by the pandemic, I also know there are so many more Texans out there suffering.
The state and the federal government need to take measurable steps towards securing the health and safety of all Texans. We need to work together — one goal, one voice — to tackle this pandemic. Our vaccine efforts need to be efficient and our communication unified.
On behalf of my community, I urge the Texas Legislature and Governor Abbott to pass COVID-19 relief. I am committed to working with them and working towards a brighter future. Let’s keep all Texans safe.”