Lopez is running as an independent conservative candidate. An Army veteran, he joined the Border Patrol, becoming an ordained minister and founding member of the Border Patrol Chaplaincy Program before his retirement in 2018. He also served as the chairman of the Val Verde County Republican party.

Hear from the candidate

What should Congress be doing to rein in inflation and/or stabilize/boost the economy?

Stop frivolous spending. We have to stop sending money overseas and pushing a socialist agenda. We need to redirect our tax funds back into our communities. CD23 has enormous opportunities to support our economy and allow for expansion in our communities.

What should Congress be doing to reform immigration laws?

We must first secure the border and enforce existing laws before we can even have a conversation about any reform.

Do you believe Congress should take action to legalize abortion?

No. This is clearly a state issue as per the U.S. Constitution.

What do you consider the top challenge facing our nation and how would you address it?

Border security and out-of-control spending. The Biden open border policies are costing taxpayers staggering amounts of money. The federal government is using the invasion to grow its footprint. In Congress I will not hesitate to say no to funding 

We live in a time of deep polarization. If elected, how do you see your responsibility to represent all your constituents, even those who didn’t vote for you?

My role as a U.S. Representative is to represent all the people. My role is to fight for them against an encroaching federal government as per the defined roles found in the U.S. Constitution. The people of CD23 want a secure border, they want Congress to be good stewards of our tax dollars, they want runaway spending reined in and they want the increasing growth of the socialist agenda to be stopped in its tracks.

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This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.