The congressional race in Texas’s 32nd Congressional District is beginning to heat up. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Floyd McLendon announced his campaign on Monday. McLendon will be running in the Republican primary against Tania Burgess although other GOP candidates are expected to announce.
The winner of the Republican primary will face off against freshman incumbent, Representative Colin Allred (D-TX-32), in the general election next year.
Allred flipped the Dallas-area district blue last year when he defeated former Rep. Pete Sessions by a 6.5 percent margin.
Sessions had served in Congress since winning an election for the 5th Congressional District in 1996. After the redistricting following the 2000 census, Sessions moved to the new 32nd district and remained in office until being defeated by Allred.
In his press release, McLendon said he wants to fight against the socialist policies of the Democratic Party.
“The modern-day Democrats openly advocate for trillions of dollars in new government spending, open borders, infanticide, and a government takeover of the free market,” he said. He added that “Allred is in lock step with his fellow, freshman Democrats and many of their socialist policies.”
According to his website, McLendon served in the U.S. Navy for twenty-five years and was deployed five times.
The veteran will have an uphill battle to fight in terms of campaign donations.
According to the latest filings with the Federal Election Committee (FEC), Allred has a little over $975,000 on hand.
Burgess, meanwhile, currently has about $3,500.
Gromer Jeffers, a political writer for the Dallas Morning News, wrote that Sessions has been considering entering the race and may make a decision in mid-September.
Sessions still has about $330,000 cash on hand according to the Federal Election Commission.
Former Florida Congressman Allen West was previously rumored to be considering a run at the seat, but earlier this month announced that he was instead considering a run to be the chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
Over the course of the next few months, more campaign announcements are expected in the 32nd district.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.