In the southern part of District 27, Barrera is taking his second shot for the congressional seat. Barrera grew up in Robstown and was born to parents who were migrant workers. He remembers one day when he was picking cotton with his mother, he decided he wanted to help improve other families' lives.
"I did promise her that day that I would be somebody important and do for others what nobody was doing for us," said Barrera.
The former Robstown police officer said he learned from his last campaign and believes he's had enough publicity to win this year. If elected, he wants to improve health care for veterans and work to fund Social Security and Medicare in addition to supporting equal pay for women.
Barrera said he also wants to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Working across the aisle with Republicans to solve complicated issues is another priority.
"I know that I'm the person who can properly and personally represent the people - whether they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents," Barrera said.