HOUSTON—Spring Branch Independent School District Trustee John Perez has announced his challenge to incumbent Republican State Rep. Mano DeAyala of Houston for the House District 133 seat.

“My opponent now has a record to run on, and it’s not good. It’s not conservative. And it’s not HD133! Enough is enough! Grassroots change starts today!” posted Perez on X.

Perez honed in on DeAyala’s vote to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as a “stark contradiction” to DeAyala’s portrayal of himself as conservative:

The responsibility for this lengthy and baseless ordeal lies squarely with my opponent, Mano DeAyala, who has succumbed to political pressure from the left and initiated this months-long witch hunt.

“The ‘conservative’ political chameleons in the House have compromised enough with Democrats and have now compromised the true conservative backbone of Texas,” Perez told Texas Scorecard. “It is time to replace them with real substance and real conviction that will drive real action. The failed impeachment exposed the shifty sixty and it’s time to clean House.”

DeAyala released a statement following the Texas Senate’s acquittal of Paxton, saying, “Both the House and Senate followed the law and the process consistent with our constitution.”

However, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has called for amending the Texas Constitution to ensure a “flawed” process like the one the House brought forth this summer never happens again.

DeAyala continued, stating he is “eager for General Paxton to get back to the work of enforcing our laws and defeating Joe Biden and his progressive agenda and overreaching policies in Texas.”

Notably, he received a rating of 57 out of 100 from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility for his vote record during the 88th regular legislative session. TFR noted DeAyala’s support for House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), his vote for reviving corporate welfare in Texas, and his vote against transparency.

Perez has highlighted DeAyala’s acceptance of campaign contributions from Phelan as well as Texans for Lawsuit Reform—an opponent of Paxton.

“I am focused on energizing a grassroots conservative movement to ensure True Texas Red returns to the House to elect a legitimate conservative as Speaker,” Perez told Texas Scorecard. “And I look forward to the day when HD133 is represented by someone who is only beholden to his constituency.”

Perez, an engineer, has been serving on the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees since 2022. The trustees recently voted unanimously to withhold ‘Robin Hood’ payments to the state and keep local funds in the district.

His campaign has focused on transparency and funding for public education, border security, and fiscal responsibility.

DeAyala did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment before publication.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.