On the issues, there isn’t much light of day between Republicans Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey. Both are conservatives who believe in limited government, Second Amendment rights, low taxes and personal responsibility. And both want to represent District 6 of the United States in Congress.
While neither candidate was our pick in the May 1 special election, which drew 23 candidates, our recommendation in the July 27 run-off ballot goes to Ellzey, 51, for the seat. formerly occupied by Wright’s late husband Ron Wright, who died of COVID. -19 in February.
Susan Wright, 58, has deep roots in Tarrant County GOP politics and community service, including the Arlington Transportation Advisory Committee, the Fort Worth Community Development Board and the Tarrant County crime. Wright has also served as a district director to two state officials, an election judge, a constituency president, and a member of the state Republican Executive Committee, which is the board of directors for the Texas Republican Party.
Nonetheless, Wright struggled to justify her candidacy beyond the vague explanation that she wants to continue her late husband’s Tory legacy. Wright’s strength will lie in voter service, but she seems less ready to provide the kind of principled conservative leadership the district needs in the years to come.
Ellzey, who is currently a state legislator representing District 10 at Texas House, is running for the seat for the second time. In 2018, he received the recommendation of this newspaper and narrowly lost a second round to Ron Wright to replace outgoing US Representative Joe Barton.
At the time, we noted Ellzey’s military experience as a Navy pilot in Afghanistan and Iraq and his service with the Texas Veterans Commission as an experience that could make him a voice. influential in Congress on these issues. We haven’t changed our mind. While Ellzey’s stance on immigration, election security, and other issues is to the right of this newspaper’s stance, we find common ground with him on tax breaks, national debt, spending government and personal freedom.
This contest is likely to pivot on GOP participation, campaign work on the ground and whether Democrats and Independents, who make up a growing part of this district, will not participate in this election as no Democrats are on the ballot and the seat will go to a Republican. The fact that this second round takes place in the middle of a special legislative session will most likely reduce voter interest.
The Congressional District covers the southeast of Tarrant County, including most of Arlington and Mansfield, and all of Ellis and Navarro. Ellzey’s political base in Ellis County, where he lives, and Wright, of Arlington, have strong support in Tarrant County, which represents the bulk of registered voters in the Congressional District.
Another factor in this race is former President Donald Trump. Wright and Ellzey backed Trump, but he backed Wright in the special election.
It is possible that the support could tip the race towards Wright. In the long run, however, the former president’s preferences in this North Texas election will have less impact than ideas that are gaining popularity within the GOP. Elections are about the future, so the future success of Republicans will depend on whether the party adopts policies that can provide a better future for more Americans. We believe the party would be well served by focusing on governance on clear Conservative principles rather than engaging in divisive political battles, and that Ellzey is the candidate in this election who is best equipped to deliver a such leadership.
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