DALLAS (KLTV) - Sulphur Springs native Kendall Scudder has announced he will be seeking a spot in the Texas State Senate.
Scudder, a Democrat who now resides in Dallas, made the announcement Thursday on Twitter.
In a statement announcing his candidacy for the seat, Scudder said the legislature "hasn't focused on vital issues important to you, and most Texans."
"We deserve better than the failed priorities of the Texas Legislature; it's time to fight for the honest, responsible, and accountable government that northeast Texas deserves," the statement said. "Bob Hall should be ashamed to have his name attached to the type of financial dismantlement that is proposed in the 2017 Senate budget. This legislation guts $150 million, or 36% of all funding, for pre-school education programs. Your children deserve better."
Scudder graduated from Sulphur Springs in 2008 and attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He currently lives in Dallas where he organizes on-site education programming for a non-profit affordable housing company.
On his campaign website he states "education, government transparency and accountability, jobs, infrastructure, military and veterans and making government work for you" as his key issues in the race.
State Senate District 2 includes all of Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall, and Van Zandt counties along with a portion of Dallas County including East Dallas, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Garland and Seagoville.
Republican Bob Hall of Edgewood is currently the state senator seat for District 2, winning election to that office in 2014. A consultant for the Hall campaign said he will be seeking another term.
A primary date for the 2018 election has not been scheduled at this time; the general election will be held on November 6, 2018.