Former Mayor Ruben Villarreal has been crossing out his Rio Grande City to do list for the past 14 years and is now looking to start a new one in Washington representing Texas’ 15th Congressional District, he said Sunday.
Villarreal, 52, resigned as mayor last month before announcing his plans Sunday to challenge U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, in 2016.
He’s the first Republican and second candidate to decide to run against 74-year-old Hinojosa. Democrat Paul Williams, a 26-year-old Mission policeman, joined the race last week.
Only Hinojosa and Williams have already filed statements of candidacy, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Hinojosa did not immediately return calls for comment.
Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, and Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush are some of the state’s Republicans who Villarreal said inspired him to make his decision. But more than anyone else, he gives credit to…
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