U.S. Representative Will Hurd stopped in Fort Stockton for his DC2DQ tour on Monday, Aug. 7 to speak and spend time with the community members.
Hurd started the meeting with a short anecdotal story that reflected the spirit of Fort Stockton and its citizens.“This is what I love about Fort Stockton. For my first ever stop here, we had set up a meeting and only two people showed up: Randy and Ann Hurt,” Hurd began. “We were supposed to be inside the Courthouse, but there was a miscommunication and the doors were locked. We then sat on a bench outside and talked. It’s great that they are always here, and we really appreciate it.”
“Who would have thought that a few years later, we would have an office here?” Hurd said. “This is stop number five in a 20-stop tour over the next six days. We call it ‘DC2DQ’ because Dairy Queen is always willing to host us.”
Hurd then proceeded to thank Dairy Queen for hosting them, introduced his team, and answered the question that many people were asking: Why do the DC2DQ tour?
“It’s really simple,” Hurd said. “When I first started running for office, there was one consistent theme people noticed about their representatives: They never saw them. I made a commitment that wasn’t going to be said about me.”
Hurd said that these tours were an opportunity to reach out to the people of the districts and listen to their thoughts. According to Hurd, a lot of the issues that are worked on in Congress come from conversations that they’ve had out in the district.
“We’ve had over 400 public events and talked with hundreds of thousands of constituents,” he said. “We’ve had millions of interactions with constituents on email, mail, and telephone. And I can’t count the number of times we’ve had interaction on social media. This is something we are committed to doing.”
Hurd then touched on the differences between each individual in our bipartisan political norm, reassuring the crowd that he will always be around.
“I’m sure people will not always agree with me,” he said. “You’re not always going to like what I have to do, but you will see us. You will know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”