Rockwall City Councilman Trace Johannesen has announced that he will compete in the race to replace U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, as he nears confirmation to be the next director of national intelligence. Johannesen was elected to Rockwall City Council in 2018.
Johannesen said in a statement, “Real leaders emerge in challenging times such as these. Just as I did in September 2001 when left my job taking a pay cut when I enlisted in the Marine Corps – and in 2007 when I put college on hold as I was called back to active duty; and in 2018 when asked to run for City Council; and this year when I went to work with the county COVID task force – I am again willing to sacrifice for my community. This is yet another step in my life of continued service. Our district deserves a real leader, of the people, and I’m honored to be the first resident of District 4 to formally announce my campaign. Not because I’m seeking a title or because I think I deserve it. But because our great district deserves representation “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Party activists in his northeast Texas district are set to elect Ratcliffe’s replacement for the November ballot at a newly announced Aug. 8 meeting
At least three other candidates have made clear they will also compete for the slot. They include Rockwall native Jason Ross, Ratcliffe’s former district chief of staff who is campaigning on continuing in Ratcliffe’s footsteps, promising to “stay the course with a principled conservative and proven leader.” Ross’ campaign treasurer, Betsy Roe, is also Ratcliffe’s.
TC Manning, a Navy veteran who unsuccessfully ran in the March primary for the Houston-based 18th Congressional District, has thrown his name in the ring. He came in third out of six in the primary for that seat, which is held by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston.
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