Two new candidates have joined the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon).

Over the past week, Josh Winegarner and Kevin McInturff have made their candidacies official for the congressional seat in District 13, hoping to succeed Thornberry, who’s retiring from the House after serving since 1995.

Canyon Republican Winegarner made his candidacy official last week, launching his first bid for public office. Winegarner is the industry affairs director for the Texas Cattle Feeders’ Association and has worked as an aide for Sens. John Cornyn and Phil Gramm.

In addition to Winegarner, Wichita Falls resident McInturff also declared his candidacy. McInturff is a nonprofit worker who holds degrees from Howard Payne University and Midwestern State University.

Winegarner and McInturff join BNSF railroad conductor Vance Snider and activist Monique Worthy in running for the Republican nomination.

Democrat Greg Sagan is currently unopposed in his primary.

Candidates will begin filing for spots on the ballot in November. The filing deadline is December 9.

Thomas Warren

Thomas Warren, III is the editor-in-chief of the Amarillo Pioneer newspaper in Amarillo, Texas.