Following former state Rep. Jake Ellzey’s victory in a special election runoff last month, eight candidates have filed to replace him.
Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat over fellow GOP-candidate Susan Wright in a race to succeed Rep. Ron Wright, who in February became the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Susan Wright, a GOP party activist and widow of the late congressman, carried the endorsement of Trump into the special election runoff with Ellzey which dealt the former president a defeat in a test of his endorsement power since leaving office.
“One of things that we’ve seen from this campaign is a positive outlook, a Reagan Republican outlook, for the future of our country is what the people of the 6th District really really want,” Ellzey said to supporters following his victory.
Five Republicans, one Democrat, an Independent and a Libertarian are now vying for his seat in Texas House District 10. The special election will take place Aug. 31 and early voting will start Aug. 23.
Former representative for the district John Wray who decided not to seek reelection in 2020 is among the individuals running. He and fellow Republican Brian Harrison, the former Trump administration official who ran in the special election for the 6th Congressional District, so far appear to be the most competitive candidates.
Joining Wray and Harrison are fellow Republicans Kevin Griffin, Susan Mellina Hayslip, Clark Wickliffe, along with Independent Scott Goodwin, Democrat Pierina Otiniano and Libertarian Matt Savino.