Republican Jody Anderson is an East Texas businessman who wants to be state representative for district 12.
"My job will be to represent the interest of this district in Austin. What I hope to do is bring more attention to this part of [Texas] as a vital part of the state," says Jody Anderson.
Democrat Jim McReynolds is the incumbent. He has no plans to give up his job. "I'm pretty good at what I do, I think. I'm not trying to brag on myself. I plan to serve the next two years and we'll see beyond that," says Representative McReynolds.
Anderson respects McReynolds, but believes it is time for a change in Austin. "Angelina County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Texas. We don't have to take a backseat to anybody, and we need to be represented in that manner. One of my opponent's commercials talks about septic tanks and Dairy Queens, and if that's the mental image we are being represented with now, I think that's a shame, and I want to change that," says Anderson.
"I've never heard my opponent mention an issue besides residency, have you? He has an ad up regarding some illegal immigrant stuff but, if you look at it carefully, one was passed in the house -- in the Texas House 130 to 2," says McReynolds.