GOP’s Allen West announces he will be running for Texas Governor, challenging incumbent Greg Abbott

Allen West, a Texas Republican chairman, announced on Sunday his decision to run for governor against fellow Republican and current governor of Texas Greg Abbott.

He played a video at Sojourn Church in Carrollton to launch his campaign. “I’ve not been in elected political office for about a decade, but I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States of America and … the place that I call home,” West said (San Marcos Daily Record).

The Texas State Republican Executive Committee is set to meet to pick West’s successor after he announced his resignation as state party chairman. West has openly criticized some of Governor Abbott’s policies. For example, he challenged Abbott’s response to Covid-19 and even spoke at a protest outside of the governor’s mansion demanding that Abbott fully reopen the state amid the pandemic.

In the campaign video, Allan stated, “It is our time to stand up and honor those words of ‘Texas, Our Texas.’ And to secure the future for our children and our grandchildren, to make sure that the growth, the opportunity and the prosperity, the economic success that you see here in Texas continues on” (Texarkana Gazette). He also read Bible verses and the Declaration of Independence to churchgoers, and advocated for Texas to remain energy independent.

Brian Smith, a political science professor at St. Edwards University, commented on the race for governor between the two Texas Republicans. “You’re talking about the most diverse candidate the Republicans have run at the statewide office in some time. He has also won within the party: He got elected to be the state GOP chair. He has some statewide reach; he knows how the system works from being chair.” 



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