23 Candidates Are on Ballot for Open Texas Congressional Seat

Whether or not someone other than Mrs. Wright and Ms. Sanchez can get into the two-person runoff stays unclear, nonetheless the likeliest candidate seems to be State Consultant Jake Ellzey of Midlothian, a Republican.

Mr. Ellzey, a former Navy fighter pilot and a industrial airline pilot who ran in opposition to Mr. Wright throughout the 2018 Republican main, moreover brandishes his private high-profile endorsement. He has been supported by Rick Perry, Texas’ longest-serving governor and energy secretary all through part of the Trump administration.

Though Mr. Perry’s assist of Mr. Ellzey locations him at political odds collectively together with his former boss in Washington, the earlier governor is a longtime good good friend of the congressional candidate.

One other Republican contender, Brian Harrison, is a former chief of staff on the Division of Well being and Human Providers who touts his service throughout the Trump administration. A web page {photograph} reveals him standing subsequent to Mr. Trump throughout the Oval Workplace.

Whereas the Republican candidates present differing types and backgrounds, they appear like principally in settlement in calling for a strong border enforcement, low taxes, gun rights and totally different G.O.P. priorities. “There are variations in life experiences, however not on the problems,” Craig Murphy, Mr. Ellzey’s advertising and marketing marketing campaign spokesman, said.

One outlier is Michael Wooden, a enterprise proprietor who has gained consideration as an anti-Trump Republican. He has said that the earlier president bears lots of the accountability for the Capitol riot and that many standard Republicans are attempting for another choice to Trumpism.

The issue for various Democrats throughout the race is to topple Ms. Sanchez’s standing as a result of the Democratic front-runner and land a spot throughout the runoff. Main contenders embody Lydia Bean, a teacher and enterprise proprietor, and Shawn Lassiter, an educator.

“It’s anyone’s race at this level,” Ms. Rayes said.

Dave Montgomery(*23*) reported from Austin, and (*23*)Edgar Sandoval(*23*) from San Antonio. Sheelagh McNeill contributed evaluation.

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