Financial Planner from Amarillo Plans to Runs Against Congressman Thornberry

Congressman Mac Thornberry will have a Republican challenger in the upcoming primary election.

Conservative Republican Elaine Hays, out of Amarillo, announced on Tuesday evening she will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Representatives 13th District House seat.

Hays says our nation's economy is struggling and that's why she decided to run.

Hays works as a financial planner and says her economic background would help her solve problems.

Also, she says it's time for a change, and says that won't happen if voters keep electing the same lawmakers year after year.

"When you think about corporations, they do no keep the same CEO and board and staff for 20 or 30 years," Hays says. "You have turnover and you bring in fresh ideas and fresh prespectives and so that is what we need in Washington. I don't think any one of us will look at what's going on and think, 'We have cutting edge people working for us right now and can't afford that.'"

Hays says if elected, she would limit her term to 12 years.

There's no date set for the Republican primary, but Hays hopes it will happen sometime in March.

The last time Congressman Thornberry went up against a Republican challenger in a primary was in 2012, against Pam Barlow out of Bowie.

Thornberry won that race with 78% of the vote.

According to Barlow's website, she plans to make a run for the nomination again.

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