U.S. Rep. Will Hurd won’t seek re-election

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Tamara McWilliams
Ozona High School Principal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House’s last black Republican member, Rep. Will Hurd of Helotes, announced Aug. 1 that he is retiring from Congress. President Donald Trump’s racist comments about elected officials weighed heavily on Hurd, who has often spoken out against the rhetoric.

Hurd’s unexpected retirement immediately sent shockwaves through the Republican Party — and elicited confidence from Democrats eager to win his sprawling district that stretches from just outside El Paso to San Antonio, including Crockett County, and a large portion of the Texas-Mexico border.

Hurd is the fourth Republican Texas congressman to announce their retirement in recent days. U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, announced is expected to send 46-48 percent of the $15-$16 million M&O budget to the state this year.



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