Three Running in 13th District Congress Republican Primary

- Three candidates want the Republican spot on the ballot for the 13th District Congressional seat.

Mac Thornberry is the incumbent.

He was elected in the Republican landslides of 1994.

Thornberry says he wants to finish what he started and that includes getting the country out of the huge financial hole.

"I voted for a budget last year that reaches balance within 10 years," he says. "One of the things it does is it starts to slow the growth of a lot of these entitlement programs like Medicaid and food stamps, and that's exactly what we're going to have to do. Two-thirds of the federal budget are mandatory spending or entitlement programs and that's where we've got to focus our efforts."

Bowie veterinarian and retired Army lieutenant colonel Dr. Pam Barlow, who took on Thornberry in the 2012 primary election, is challenging him again.

Barlow says it's time for change in Washington.

She says she grew a backbone in her 30-plus years in the military and she's ready to take it to Washington to tackle the budget.

"We have to quit the overspending," she says. "We have to get the bureaucracy and the regulations off of peoples' heads so that they can build new businesses, create new businesses, and create new jobs. Until and unless we can do those things, I don't see that we're going to be able to move forward any time quickly."

Elaine Hays is a certified financial planner from Amarillo who co-owns a 15-year-old financial planning practice with her husband.

She says one of the first principles of economics is you always have more wants than you have money to pay for, and the first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics, which is ultimately stealing the future of today's generation and generations to come.

Hays says her very specific skill set and background in finance and economics is needed in Washington.

"It's not like there aren't plenty of ways to begin looking at ways to cut back," she says. "The government accountability office provides a list of agencies and departments that overlap, that are providing duplicative services, and so far we've only implemented about 20 percent of their recommendations. You know, that would be a great place to start."

With three candidates, this race could go to a runoff.

The winner of this race will face Democratic candidate Mike Minter and Libertarian candidate Emily Pivoda in November.

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