SAN ANGELO - Runnels County Republican Party Chair Becky Ferguson was in attendance when Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a campaign stop in San Angelo for the Tom Green County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

SAN ANGELO - Runnels County Republican Party Chair Becky Ferguson was in attendance when Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a campaign stop in San Angelo for the Tom Green County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

During the visit, Abbott stressed that property tax reform is an issue that he plans to take up in the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Abbott made time to speak to attendees, including Ferguson, who got one on one time with the governor.

“We talked about how seniors are being taxed out of their homes,” Ferguson said. “He said he plans to do something about the taxes and urged everyone to look online at the tax plan he is submitting to the legislature.”

This was Abbott’s second visit to San Angelo following a private fundraiser held on Jan. 23.

During the Feb. 2 dinner event, Abbott also stressed that he wants to protect property rights from regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

He emphasized his support for President Donald Trump’s border wall initiative and permanent banning of sanctuary cities.

“Securing the borders is one of the most important things on his agenda,” Ferguson said.

Also in attendance at the dinner was State Representative Drew Darby, who is also running for reelection.

Also during the dinner, Abbott honored members of the military.

Drew Darby, state representative for District 72, also attended the event.

Ferguson said Abbott asked constituents to “keep Texas red,” as we approach the March Primary election approaches.

Ferguson applauded the governor the job he’s done.

"I think he is the right man for the job, what he has lined out for the future is going to benefit Texas,” Ferguson said. “I also think that the research that his group is doing regarding Texas needs is spot on.”

Some of his remarks from the dinner were chronicled in report by the San Angelo Standard Times.

* "We need to come together and make sure that we keep Texas the red state in the United States of America."

* "What we (did) this past session is to provide more support for our local law enforcement ... so we passed the Police Protection Act that makes it a hate crime to assault a police officer simply because of the uniform they wear."

* "Our job is never done and there is more that we have to do, and on top of that list is helping you keep more of your own money. And that means making sure that we do more to cut your property taxes."

* "One thing that I think that must be done to improve our schools is to pay our teachers more, so they can earn the salary they deserve."

* "We must end the failed Robin Hood Recapture System that has failed our students in the state of Texas."

* "I think the country is not living up to its responsibility to take care of our veterans. And I think Texas should step up and lead the way, showing what must be done to help those who served. So I've unveiled a blueprint that will ensure that we'll be providing job opportunities for those who served. We're going to make sure they have access to the health care they need and .... we've got to ensure that we do a better job at reintegrating them into our society."

The primary election is March 6, with the general election set for Nov. 6.

Abbott’s Republican challengers are Larry Secede Kilgore and Barbara Krueger, and there are nine Democratic candidates on the ballot. For a full list of candidates visit the Texas Secretary of State website.

Information from the San Angelo Standard Times was used for this report.