Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick makes campaign stop in Wichita Falls

The Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick came to Wichita Falls Wednesday to talk about some of his political points in his race to retain his seat.

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So far on his campaign trail, Patrick has addressed the increase in violent crime in the state as one of his major points. Recently, he's proposed a mandatory 10-year prison sentence for people convicted of using a gun in a crime.

Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick speaks on key political points at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick speaks on key political points at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Patrick has not yet provided details on how this would play out or the effect it would have on Texas' prison system.

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According to a Texas Tribune article, the lieutenant governor's push on this issue is a reaction to an increase in gun-related homicides in Texas. Some experts attribute the increase to effects of the COVID pandemic, policing protests and more guns on the streets.

Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick's campaign bus at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick's campaign bus at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

For his campaign, Patrick also emphasized the importance of security at the Texas-Mexico border and concerns about Democrats' energy policy's effects on the oil and gas industry.

Patrick is running against Democrat Mike Collier for the Nov. 8 election. Collier previously ran against Patrick in 2018.

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick makes campaign stop in Wichita Falls