Two East Texas Republicans vying for state position

Two East Texas Republicans vying for state position
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - As the race to Super Tuesday gets closer there are two Republican candidates vying for the State Representative District 11 office. The winner of next Tuesday's primary election will face Nacogdoches teacher Stephen J. Wright, a Democrat.

Travis Clardy and Tony Sevilla are facing off head to head for the third time in a row in the Republican Primary.

"It's something I feel called to do," Clardy said.

"I am the guy," Sevilla said.

Clardy and Sevilla both believe that they should make it to the general election for State Representative District 11 in November.

Clardy who currently holds the office, and works as a lawyer in East Texas said he's not done yet.

"I've really enjoyed the opportunity to represent East Texas and the counties of Nacogdoches, Cherokee and Rusk," Clardy said. "We've done some very good work, but there is still some important work to do."

If re-elected, Clardy said his main focus is education.

"It's important that every Texan has the opportunity to get a quality education, regardless of their background," Clardy said.

To make sure this happens, Clardy has a plan.

"By the year 2030 to have 60 percent of Texans have a certificate, an associate degree, a college degree, or some form of higher education that's going to propel their careers and the opportunities they're going to have for their families," Clardy said.

However, his opponent, a businessman from Alto, feels that there is a bigger problem facing East Texas.

"Mainly I've been focused on the economy because that's the number one issue," Sevilla said. "I can bring jobs because I understand how the global markets are transitioning, and instead of being left behind economically I understand the sectors that we can build on."

Sevilla is confident that the third time is the charm.

"I'm the guy who knows where the money is," Sevilla said. "I'm the guy who knows where to make the investments."

"I'm excited about the possibilities for Texas and what the future is going to hold,"Clardy said.

You can vote early until Friday. The primary is March 1, and you do need a valid I.D. to vote.

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