Local CPA Janet Dudding has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the District 14 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Dudding, 60, is from Bryan. According to a press release, she will officially launch her campaign Sept. 6 at an event at Zoigl Beer Garden in Downtown Bryan.
Republican incumbent John Raney announced Tuesday that he intends to seek a sixth two-year term. Texas’ primary elections will take place March 3; the deadline to register for the primary is Feb. 3.
The release stated Dudding’s career has focused on auditing and investigating state and local governments. According to the release, she is a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and the College Station Noon Lions Club, among other organizations.
“Texans deserve laws that reflect our values, laws that protect our planet and a woman who will represent all of us,” Dudding said in a press statement. “For years, Austin has slashed funding for community investments. At the same time, working families like ours are paying more in taxes while special interests make out like bandits. Austin needs a CPA who will hold politicians accountable and help realign the failed priorities of the Texas Legislature.”
Raney defeated Democrat Josh Wilkinson last November to retain the seat. Raney received just over 56% of the vote in the district that encompasses most of Bryan and College Station. Wilkinson said Thursday that he endorses Dudding’s candidacy.
“She is a brilliant and compassionate person — the kind of person we desperately need in Austin,” he said.
The general election will take place Nov. 3, 2020.
More information about Dudding is available at www.janetdudding4texas.com/.