GOP Army Vet Aims to Unseat Freshman Dem
Republican Army vet Wesley Huntannounced his Texas congressional bid on Tuesday. The Houston native is planning to challenge freshmanCongresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), who flipped the Lone Star State’s 7th Congressional District last year. Republicans had previously controlled the seat since President George H.W. Bush but first won it in 1966. The largely suburban district runs from Houston's affluent west side out to the Harris County suburbs. Hillary Clinton carried the district in 2016. Hunt says he'd like to see more veterans in the nation’s capital because he believes they can work together to advance the country's core values without as much partisan rhetoric. The 37-year-old West Point and Cornell graduate flew combat missions in Iraq and currently works in Houston for the home-builder Perry Homes. The conservative candidate said he would focus on border security and balancing the national budget. "When I flew Apaches over Iraq, I was guided by three words: duty, honor, country," Hunt says in his announcement video. "The men and women that I served with didn't focus on things that divided us. We were bonded together by a shared mission that was larger than ourselves. We need more of this spirit in Washington, and that is why I am running for Congress." Watch the full video here.