Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke visited Brenham on Friday along his campaign trail.
A crowd of nearly 400 people packed inside Morriss Hall at The Barnhill Center to hear from O’Rourke (D – El Paso), who is challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott in November to become the 49th governor of Texas.
O’Rourke said he was thrilled with the amount of people who came and the conversations he had with them.
Some of the topics addressed by O’Rourke included education and providing more compensation for educators, the state’s electric grid, abortion rights, cannabis legalization and the foster care system. He also talked about the “Election Outrage” of 1886 that occurred in Washington County and the fight to obtain equal voting rights for all citizens.
After O’Rourke spoke, he took questions from the audience covering absentee voting, the cost of college education and criminal justice reform.
Much of the crowd inside the venue consisted of supporters of O’Rourke, and ranged from middle-aged teenagers to senior adults. A small group of protestors, some holding rifles and flags reading “Come and Take It”, stood outside on the street corner.
Other stops for O’Rourke this weekend include Madisonville, Marlin, Waco and Waxahachie.