NORTHEAST TEXAS — Six Republican hopefuls have announced their candidacies for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas' 4th Congressional District, a seat recently vacated by former Rep. John Ratcliffe.
Next month a group of Republican party officials will meet in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to decide who will appear on November's general election ballot in place of Ratcliffe, who resigned the seat to become the Trump administration's director of national intelligence.
The Congressional District Executive Committee, comprising the GOP's county and precinct chairs in the district, will meet Aug. 8 to elect a nominee. The only requirement for someone to be a candidate for the seat is for a CDEC member to nominate them during the meeting. The qualifications for running are the same as for candidates who file to run for congressional office in a primary election, except no application forms, filing fees or petitions are required.
Though most Republican voters will have no direct say in who becomes the district's nominee, six candidates have launched campaigns touting their qualifications and conservative bona fides. Brief profiles of each, based on their published biographies and positions, follow in alphabetical order.Gallery: Announced Republican Candidates, Texas' 4th Congressional District
Casey C. Campbell — caseyccampbell.com
A Rockwall, Texas, trial attorney, Campbell is a name partner with Schell Cooley Ryan Campbell LLP who represents physicians, nurses and hospitals in matters of professional liability.
Campbell earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Texas A&M University, studied at Georgetown University through the Fund for American Studies and received his law degree from Washington University. He worked in the office of Rep. Sam Johnson and studied under the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
"With roots in this district for five generations, I understand what we expect from our government. While D.C. is awash with liberal Democrats trying to rewrite our American way, I was trained and mentored by some of the best conservative minds in our nation's history, and I have the energy, passion, and most importantly, the knowledge of how to fight back," Campbell stated.
Trace Johannesen — tracejohannesen.com
Also from Rockwall, Johannesen is an alumnus of Texas A&M University, city council member, business strategy consultant and veteran of the Marine Corps.
"My entire career in business consulting is based on listening to client needs and desired outcomes, then building and maintaining relationships to achieve those visions. My time on City Council requires me to listen to all of my constituents and make hard decisions aligned with our citizens' long-term vision for the city. It requires negotiating hidden agendas and aligning varying groups with different goals to work together to affect a common outcome," Johannesen stated.
T.C. Manning — tcmanning.com
Manning is a Navy veteran who lives in Sherman, Texas, with his wife and 11-year-old son. He attended college at Tulsa Community College, Texas Central College and Lonestar College.
"A natural problem solver who is trained and experienced in cause and effect analysis, a doer of things, the person who is called when something needs accomplished, this is who TC is. He is a man who will carry the world on his shoulders so long as it protects you. Most importantly, TC is not a lawyer nor part of the political swamp. Washington has enough of those," his website states.
Travis Ransom — travisransom.com
Ransom serves as mayor of Atlanta, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University. He serves as a counterintelligence agent in the Army Reserve, with the rank of command sergeant major, who has been activated numerous times, including a tour of duty in Bosnia during the Balkan conflict.
Ransom calls himself a strong pro-life conservative who supports the Second Amendment and limited government, including lower taxes and regulation, and says he will "hold China accountable for the theft of our intellectual property and the deceptions which have caused damage across the world."
Jason Ross — jasonrossforcongress.com
Another Rockwall resident and Texas A&M University alumnus, Ross also earned a law degree from Baylor University. He is a business owner and member of the Texas GOP's Executive Committee who served as Ratcliffe's district chief of staff. Ross is an Ironman Triathlon competitor and avid bicycle racer.
"For over 15 years, Jason has helped lead and grow his family business which employs more than 100 people in Rockwall County. Jason knows first-hand that small businesses are the backbone of America, not big government. He will work to unleash the power of American ingenuity and economic opportunity by removing barriers to innovation, simplifying regulations, and cutting red tape," his website states.
Bob Worthen — bobworthen.com
A Bowie County resident, Worthen is a seventh-generation East Texan who has worked as a master brick mason, a college instructor, a truck driver and for the last 17 years, the managing partner of Granary Street health food stores in Texarkana and Nacogdoches, Texas.
"We should all be alarmed with the inability of our Republican Candidates to explain to the American People why the Democrat Party's positions on major issues is actually against our Citizens' best interest. Like you, I want to expose the transgressions of the Democrat Party. Like you, I am a citizen who values reform, transparency, and integrity. Like you, I have a deep commitment to make lives better for all Citizens, especially for my fellow Texans," his website states.