With the Texas Legislature’s work concluded in Austin, the Texas Republican Primary continues to heat up around the state with more and more candidates kicking off their campaigns for public office.

Last week, Frisco businessman Jared Patterson launched a campaign for Texas House District 106, the seat currently held by State Rep. Pat Fallon (R–Little Elm). Fallon has announced that he will decline to seek re-election and instead challenge State Sen. Craig Estes (R–Wichita Falls) to represent Texas Senate District 30.

Launching his campaign, Patterson said, “When it became clear that our district would be losing Pat Fallon’s conservative vote in the Texas House, I worked with other conservatives to find a strong replacement. I was incredibly humbled when many local leaders began to request that I consider running. As a businessman and someone who is staunchly committed to our conservative principles, I will fight every day to make government less involved in the lives of Texans and the citizens of District 106.”

Patterson previously ran for the Texas Legislature in 2014 against State Rep. Angie Chen Button (R–Richardson), but fell short of victory in the Republican primary, losing with 46 percent of the vote. Since then he and his family moved to Frisco and immediately began looking for ways to serve the community.  Patterson was quickly elected by his neighbors to serve on their HOA Board of Directors while Leslie served as a Room Parent at Vaughn Elementary.

A veteran campaigner with a strong, conservative record, Patterson is expected to be a competitive candidate in the race to succeed Fallon. HD 106 is considered to be a safe Republican district that will likely be decided in the Republican Primary on March 6.

Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire is the executive director of Texans for Strong Borders, a no-compromise non-profit dedicated to restoring security and sovereignty to the citizens of the Lone Star State. For more information visit StrongBorders.org.