In new television ads, Republican Kevin Roberts is making the case that he is the best candidate running for the 2nd Congressional District to deal with persistent flooding problems.
In the 30-second ad, Roberts flashes scenes from Hurricane Harvey and calls the lingering impacts on the region a “failure of leadership.” A narrator then tells viewers that Roberts is working with President Donald Trump to prevent another disaster.
Roberts is a state representative and has been at meetings with federal officials who have been responding to the flooding.
He has said in interviews with the Chronicle, that one of the benefits of his one term in the Legislature is his early introduction to dealing with bureaucracies and the persistent flooding issue around the region. He’s been calling for the construction of a third reservoir and dredging of the San Jacinto River to prevent future flooding around Lake Houston and other parts of the 2nd Congressional District.
Roberts is battling Republican Dan Crenshaw in the GOP run off election on May 22. The two Republicans were the top vote-getters in the crowded nine-candidate field on March 6.
Crenshaw has also been trying to convince voters he is best able to fight for the region on flooding issues on Capitol Hill. On his website he also advocates for third reservoir and detention ponds along the tributaries leading into Lake Houston.
Roberts, the CEO of the Lanier Law Firm, has been in the state Legislature since winning his first election in 2016. Crenshaw is a retired Navy SEAL who has never run for office before.