The first El Pasoan to run for president under a major party, Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign officially kicked off in Downtown El Paso this weekend.
The event was at the intersection of El Paso and Overland streets.
“I am so grateful to be able to run to serve you as the next president of the United States of America,“ O’Rourke said.
In a crowd of more than 6,000 people, the former El Paso Congressman addressed issues close to home of border security and immigration, while also covering his support for universal healthcare and women’s reproductive rights, among other topics.
Supporters described what it meant to them to see an El Pasoan make a run for president.
“This is hope for me I know Beto from a long time ago, I’ve seen him serve or community year after year, tirelessly,“ Claudia Chochran Miller said.
Others saying his run symbolized hope for the country.
“Beto is a strong progressive and he is a beacon of hope in the U.S,“ Bryan Mena said.
A former City Councilman and congressman with an unsuccessful Senate run under his belt, O’Rourke pushed towards high voting rates and accessibility.
“As president, I will sign into law a new voting rights act, together we will end gerrymandering,“ O’Rourke said.
After the official El Paso campaign kickoff, O’Rourke flew to Houston and then Austin where he held separate launch rallies.