ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Another candidate has entered the race for U.S. District 11 in Texas. Dr. Richard Bartlett officially announced his candidacy on Friday with an official announcement coming this week.
Bartlett is one of a handful of candidates who will seek the Texas seat following the retirement of U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway. Conaway has held the seat since 2005.
In his statement Friday, Bartlett said he is ready for the challenge.
“Our country faces big challenges, but I am a Texan, and Texans never shy away from a challenge. We run into the storm, eyes wide open, hearts full, ready to fight for the conservative values that make our nation great.”
Border security, healthcare and the national debt are among Bartlett’s top priorities.
He will join the likes of current Midland City Councilman J Ross Lacy and San Angelo’s August Pfluger in the GOP primary.
State Rep. Brooks Landgraf on the other hand, ended any speculation that he will seek the seat last week. Landgraf said he would seek re-election for his current seat and looks forward to continued service in Texas.
Dr. Bartlett will make his formal announcement at noon Tuesday at the Presidential Museum, 4919 E. University Boulevard.