ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A lifelong rancher and timber farmer in Angelina County has announced his run for US Congress.
According to his website, Simon Winston will pursue the Republican nomination for a seat currently held by Rep. Louie Gohmert.
"I don't think Mr. Gohmert is looking out for East Texas," Winston said. "He's been running around fighting with other Republicans. I'm a conservative Republican and have been ranching and in timber all my life. I don't think he's had a job all his life. He's just been on government payroll."
Winston was working in his ranch, moving a mother cow which had just given birth, during a phone interview.
"I decided I was tired of complaining about voting for him, so I just decided to run myself," Winston said.
Winston manages Winston 8 Cattle Ranch in Angelina County and Winston Land and Cattle timber producing farms in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.
The First District of Texas represents the counties of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Shelby, Upshur, Smith, Sabine, San Augustine and Marion.