Clemons Enters Race For State Rep

Former state representative Billy Clemons has decided to run for office again. Clemons announced that he's entering the race for state representative of District 12. Clemons, once a Democrat, represented East Texas in the state house from 1983 to 1997.

In 1996, he switched to the Republican party and was defeated by Jim McReynolds, who currently holds the office. Clemons says he doesn't think McReynolds has done an effective job representing East Texas. He says being a member of the majority party, coupled with his past experience in Austin, would be a big help to his constituents.

"With 14 years seniority, I go back in within the top 25 with seniority," said Clemons. "I passed a lot of legislation back in the days that I was a legislator, and I think that I could do a better job than Mr. McReynolds."

Clemons stepped down as mayor of Groveton earlier this year in order to run for the state legislature.

Clemons will face Lufkin businessman Jody Anderson in the Republican primary on March 9th.  The winner will challenge McReynolds in the November general election.