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Four Candidates Want Dist. 68 Republican Nod

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, don't forget about what waits on the other side: the Texas primary.  District 68 State Representative Rick Hardcastle is not seeking re-election, but there are plenty of candidates vying to take his place.  As we continue our primary coverage as your election headquarters, we join Melissa Foy who is here to take a look at that race.
    It's a crowded primary on the Republican side of the ticket with one Democrat waiting to find out who he will challenge in November.
    District 68 is one of the largest in the state of Texas.
    After being redrawn, it now stretches from Cooke County in the east to Wheeler County in the Texas panhandle and then all the way south to Fisher County in the south plains, encompassing 22 counties.
    Four candidates want the Republican nod in the state primary.
    The first is David Isbell of Cooke County.
    His background is mainly in engineering and small business work.
    Isbell says his main concern is the state is becoming less and less rural.
    "The legislators in Austin just really don't care about rural districts.  District 68 is one of just two rural districts in the state, so the biggest problem is really just getting our voice heard for the challenges we have in District 68," Isbell says.
    Drew Springer lives in Muenster.
    His background is in manufacturing and now he's in the livestock industry.
    Springer says the biggest issue facing District 68 is the water shortage in the state.
    "That comes from the regulations that are going to be put on top of the water districts, how we determine who has what water, and if we're selling water to other districts, how we figure out how much water to sell," Springer says.
    Paul Braswell lives in Montague County.
    His background is in ranching and business.
    Braswell says his main concern is water supply problems.
    "Eighty percent of our problems with water supply in Texas could be taking care of through plumbing.  It's not so much finding new supplies, it's moving the water we have between the areas.  I think legislatively we can address those," Braswell says.
    Trent McKnight is from Throckmorton.
    His background is in ranching and business.
    McKnight says the biggest problem facing District 68 is advocacy in Austin.
    "Unfortunately as populations have shifted to the urban parts of our state, rural Texas have less and less representation.  I want to make sure we have a state representative in Austin who understands our rural issues," McKnight says.
    If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote. the runoff to decide the winner from the top two vote-getters will be July 31.
    The winner of the District 68 Republican primary will face Lanhon Odom, a Democrat from Montague County, in the Nov. 6 general election.
    Odom is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
    The Texas primary is Tuesday.
    To stay up-to-date on voting information and locations, click on the "Your Election Headquarters" link in the "Don't Miss" section.
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