East Texas businessman running for state representative

(KLTV) - The challenge is on. East Texas businessman David Simpson has announced his candidacy for District 7 State Representative.

Simpson is challenging incumbent Tommy Merritt in the March Republican primary, saying Merritt's seven terms in office is enough.

"It's time for a change and fresh, accurate representation," said Simpson. "His voting record shows he does not represent the values and beliefs of this district."

It is not Mr. Simpson's first run for office. He served as mayor for the town of Avinger from 1993 to 1998.

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