Republican Army veteran Wesley Hunt announced his candidacy Tuesday for Texas’ 7th Congressional District, the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston.
Hunt’s candidacy, first reported by ABC 13, comes just three months into Fletcher’s tenure. She was one of two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018, beating Republican John Culberson.
In an announcement video, Hunt emphasized his military background, without mentioning Fletcher by name.
“When I flew Apaches over Iraq, I was guided by three words: duty, honor, country,” Hunt says in the video. “The men and women that I served with didn’t focus on things that divided us. We were bonded together by a shared mission that was larger than ourselves. We need more of this spirit in Washington, and that is why I am running for Congress.”
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Cornell University, Hunt works in Houston for the home-builder Perry Homes.
Before Fletcher beat Culberson, Republicans had controlled the seat since George H.W. Bush first won it in 1966. The largely suburban district runs from Houston’s affluent west side out to the Harris County suburbs, taking in the Energy Corridor and bordering Cypress at its northern point.
The other Democrat to flip a Republican-held seat, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas, already has drawn a challenger, as well. Republican Tania Burgess filed earlier this month for the seat, which previously was held by Republican Pete Sessions.
Culberson, meanwhile, joined the Clark Hill lobbying firm last week. He served nine terms in Congress before Fletcher ousted him by about five points in November.
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