Silence has been broken in what may shape into one of Texas’ most interesting campaign contests this election cycle.

Charlie Levitt, a North Texas conservative activist and board member for the True Texas Project, has made his first public statement, a Texas Scorecard exclusive, about a possible Republican primary challenge to State Rep. Stephanie Klick (Fort Worth).

“I am someone who has supported Stephanie Klick since she first ran for state representative. I did so because I believed she would stand firm for our conservative principles,” Levitt told Texas Scorecard. “After her first few sessions, I proudly supported her re-election due to her conservative record.”

Klick was first elected to represent Texas House District 91 back in 2012. She was recently promoted to chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus, following the resignation of State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) after his involvement in the secret meeting between House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan in which a scandalous quid pro quo offer was made.

“This last session, we saw a significant departure by Stephanie from the principles she had previously fought for,” Levitt continued. “And more recently, we’ve seen some extremely concerning behavior from her as GOP caucus chair. These actions are not reflective of the Stephanie Klick that I know and have previously supported.”

Levitt filed the appropriate Texas Ethics Commission paperwork to declare his candidacy for the post on September 17.

“I am receiving encouragement from local conservatives who feel the same way I do and am considering what is best for me to do to ensure we have conservative representation in the Texas House,” Levitt said.

The filing deadline for candidates is Monday, December 9.

Destin Sensky

Destin Sensky serves as a Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard covering the Texas Legislature, working to bring Texans the honest and accurate coverage they need to hold their elected officials in Austin accountable.

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