How congressional candidates are courting San Antonio manufacturers

October 19, 2016


As Election Day draws near, candidates in a heated race for Texas' 23rd Congressional District seat have both made high-profile visits to San Antonio manufacturers in efforts to show that they best represent industry interests.


Incumbent U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, on Thursday visited the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant in South San Antonio, where he received an award from the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM.


One week earlier, Hurd's Democratic Party challenger Pete Gallego — who lost that congressional seat to Hurd two years ago — toured Concord Supply Inc.'s Southside manufacturing plant with Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives Steny Hoyer.


The 23rd District includes parts of San Antonio, including industrial sections of the Southside, and extends west to the east side of El Paso County.


At Toyota, Hurd touted his pro-business voting record, noting that among the five congressmen in districts that include parts of San Antonio, Hurd received the highest score— 96 percent — on key manufacturing-related bills tracked by NAM.

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