Allen West declared on July Fourth that he is running for Texas governor, setting up a 2022 clash with incumbent Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican who is seeking a third term and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
West, 60, made the announcement in a short video shown to a congregation at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.
“I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States … and the place that I call home,” West said.
West is a former U.S. congressman from Florida and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
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He ran and won the race in 2020 to become chairman of the Texas Republican Party but announced last month he would be resigning, effective July 11.
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Original Author: Daniel Chaitin
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