District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, last week announced and filed for reelection.

"Since my first legislative session in 2005, I have had the honor to represent the hardworking Texans of district 34. I will continue in my effort to effectively represent my constituency to the best of my ability," Herrero said in a Dec. 3 statement. "As a father of four growing children, my wife and I share the same concerns and goals as many of the families living in our community today.

"And as many of our parents worked for greater opportunities for each of us, I continue in the that spirit with every one of my decisions and actions as a public servant in that my final goal is to better Texas for our children and leaders of tomorrow."

Herrero said during his tenure as state representative, he has continued to fight for access to affordable and adequate healthcare, quality public education, and first-class care and benefits for our soldiers and veterans.

His legislative accomplishments this session include increasing safety precautions for domestic violence survivors who have shown the strength to free themselves from their abusers, ensuring soldiers and their families have a place to call home, and improving the delivery of care to individuals with disabilities.

Herrero has also been recognized for his leadership by Coastal Bend CASA, Texas State Employees Union and the Hispanic Womens Network of Texas.

"In meeting with our friends and neighbors throughout the community, I am driven and inspired by their steady dedication, daily experiences and, at times, heavy struggles to continue serving to provide a brighter future for all Texans," added Herrero.

The 2010 election cycle starts with primary election day on March 2, 2010 and if necessary, the primary runoff day is April 13, 2010.

The general election will be Nov. 2, 2010. For more information regarding Texas elections, please contact the Secretary of State.

Herrero was first elected to serve in the Texas House of Representatives on Nov. 2, 2004, and is currently representing District 34 in his third term.