Elections 2022State Rep. Matt Krause Drops Attorney General Bid to Run for Tarrant County District Attorney

The state representative has announced that he is running for a local attorney race instead of the Texas attorney general.
November 23, 2021
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State Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) announced on Tuesday morning that he was ending his bid to be the top attorney for the state and will instead seek a position as the Tarrant County criminal district attorney (DA).

The current DA, Sharen Wilson, announced two weeks ago that she would not be seeking reelection to the position.

“Once CDA Sharen Wilson made an unexpected announcement that she would not seek another term, I had several folks reach out to me about switching from the Attorney General race to the District Attorney race,” said Krause.

“After much prayer and consideration, our family is excited about the opportunity to serve our home county as the next Criminal District Attorney and carry on the great work and legacy of CDA Wilson.”

His change of plans comes midway through the filing period for candidates in the March 2022 primary elections and after the field of candidates in the race for attorney general fluctuated.

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Several candidates — both Democrats and Republicans — have viewed Attorney General Ken Paxton as a vulnerable incumbent, particularly after several of his top aides riddled the office with controversy when they raised criminal allegations against Paxton last year.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman both entered the Republican primary earlier this year, while Krause launched a bid for the position in September.

More recently, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) caused a stir in campaign plans when he announced that he was also considering a bid for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Those plans remained unclear, however, as Gohmert said that he wanted to raise $1 million dollars in 10 days before he would commit to the race. But on Monday evening, near the same time that news first broke about Krause’s decision, Gohmert announced that he would indeed be entering the race for attorney general.

A number of Democrats have also entered the race for the state’s top attorney, including former Galveston mayor Joe Jaworski, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, and former American Civil Liberties Union attorney Rochelle Garza.

Meanwhile in Tarrant County, Krause will also need to face a primary election in March for the open DA seat. Other Republicans have launched campaigns including two judges in Tarrant County, Phil Sorrells and Mollee Westfall. 

At least one Democrat, attorney Tiffany Burks, has also entered the race.

The filing period for candidates ends on December 13, 2021.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.