Based on substantial growth in the state, Texas will gain 4 additional congressmen, increasing Texas representation from 32 to 36 representatives. Old districts also have substantial changes to them as a result of redistricting. Many are evident in the new District 25 lines. The old District 25 included Travis (part), Bastrop (part), Caldwell, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Fayette counties. In comparison the new District 25 contains Travis (part), Hays (part), Burnet, Lampasas, Bell (part), Coryell, Hamilton, Bosque, Erath (part), Somervell, Johnson, Tarrant (part), and Hill counties. District 25 is currently represented by 17-year incumbent liberal Democrat, Lloyd Doggett, but the new district is much more likely to elect conservative representation.
The first candidate to file for candidacy in the new District 25 is Army veteran and businessman from Bell County, Wes Riddle.
Wesley Allen Riddle is a retired military officer with degrees and honors from West Point and Oxford. Widely published in the academic and opinion press, he serves as State Director of the Republican Freedom Coalition (RFC). He has a weekly column called “Horse Sense” published in numerous Texas newspapers and a forthcoming book, Horse Sense for the New Millennium scheduled for release in September.
The quarterly FEC report details money as of the 30th of June and shows the Wes Riddle for U.S. Congress Campaign currently has $270,559.15. This is considered to be a sizeable starting sum, which makes Wes Riddle a serious contender for the new district seat. Asked about his changes, Wes stated that “the size and complexity of the district demands that he raise more money and, as importantly, continue to get commitments from grassroots volunteers.”
The Primary Election will be held on March 6th, 2012 and filing this week signals that Wes is committed to the campaign. He and his wife Aida closed both of their small businesses in Belton recently to commit themselves fulltime to this campaign. Wes chose to make his filing early so that he has a maximum of time to get acquainted with voters and community leaders. Wes said, “Voters deserve a full time candidate who is willing to go out and meet them, speak to them, and address their questions. By filing I’m taking the guess work out of it and letting people know categorically I’m ready now. It is time to get to know each other and prepare together to govern!”
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