October 10, 2013

Kacal gets a primary challenge in Texas House Dist 12

Incumbent state Rep. Kyle Kacal, whose House District 12 includes Falls County, has an announced primary opponent, but it won’t be a new face.

Timothy Delasandro, a Navy veteran and registered nurse supervisor, said the district needs what he called “authentic conservative leadership.”

"Protecting small town values requires Texas-sized courage. We deserve a representative that will promote and protect our freedoms in Austin. I have a proven record of standing up for the rights of Texans and will continue to do so as your representative. Today, I’m announcing my candidacy in the Republican Primary for House District 12. I’m asking for the right to represent our district with an authentic conservative voice that truly reflects the will of our rural communities," he said in a press release announcing his candidacy.

Delasandro challenged Kacal in the 2012 Republican primary and lost badly, getting just 12.25 percent of the vote in a three-way race. He also ran in the 2010 GOP primary for U.S. House District 17, now held by Rep. Bill Flores, and got just 4.79 percent of the vote.

Delasandro said that Kacal had failed several conservative litmus tests in his first term in the state House, including on issues like school choice, abortion, and concealed weapons.

He comes off as standard modern tea-party type Republican insurgent. Wanting no new taxes, yet wanting better infrastructure for the district, per his "issues" link, is just one example.

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