Texas House candidates file for 2024 primary election
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN)—Two republican candidates are vying for the District 62 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Incumbent Representative Reggie Smith is running to keep his seat, while Shelley Luther challenges him for the second time.
Smith is confident in his chances against his opponent. He points to his successes in the 2023 special sessions, especially in securing the southern border.
"I'm extremely proud about the border security measures we passed," Smith said. "We have appropriated $6.5 billion dollars for border security, and we will continue to do as much as we need to, because the Biden administration is just not doing their job for the people of Texas."
Both smith and Luther list property taxes among their priorities, but while Smith advocates lowering taxes, Luther wants to take it even further.
"My goal, my long-term goal, is to completely get rid of property taxes," Luther said. "That's going to be a slow process, but it's definitely doable. There are several states that have done that."
Luther first ran for public office in 2020, resulting in a run-off between her and Drew Springer for the Texas Senate. She lost the 2022 primary to Smith by almost 20 points.
Primary election day is set for March 5, 2024, with early voting beginning Feb. 20, 2024.