Robstown native has officially announced his plans to seek re-election for a third term to the Texas House of Representatives.

More than 30 supporters made up of state and local officials packed into the Rod 'n Roll's Treats & Eats at 14017 Northwest Blvd. to hear District 34 state Rep. Abel Herrero announce that he was going to run for re-election in next year's general elections. The incumbent also shared his thoughts on items he would like to address should voters keep him in office next year.

"I am excited about the opportunity to continue representing District 34 in Austin," Herrero said. "Affordable and accessible healthcare, teacher pay raises and keeping higher education within reach of working families are important issues to our state, our communities, our schools and our families."

District 33 state Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr. was on hand to listen to Herrero's speech and said voters would be wise to keep the Robstown native in office.

"I wouldn't miss Abel's announcement for the world - he's been a great mentor to me," Ortiz said. "He's one of the best and most articulate when it comes to studying the bills on the (House) floor."

Robstown Mayor Rodrigo Ramon Jr. said Herrero has been instrumental in helping the rural areas of Nueces County to have a voice in state government.

"Abel's one of the hardest working individuals in the state - I think he does a great job," Ramon said. "He allows the whole district to voice their opinions and he represents the district very well."

Herrero appeared to be taken aback by the turnout for his announcement and said he was thankful for the enthusiasm shown by his supporters at Monday's press conference, which also included his wife, Matilda, and two children.

"I'm extremely excited and overwhelmed with the amount of support the constituents and residents have shown for me as a candidate and individual," Herrero said. "I've been humbled by the opportunity to represent the people of District 34."

District 34 includes sections of Corpus Christi and the other communities in Nueces County, including Robstown, Bishop, Driscoll, Banquete, Agua Dulce and Petronila. Herrero also serves on the Health and Human Services and Defense Affairs & State-Federal Relations committees.