He’s in (again)
Forty-eight hours after issuing a statement that he would not seek a third term in the Texas House after all but would instead run for the Hood County Commissioners Court, Mike Lang tweeted Friday evening that he’s back to running for the House District 60 seat.
Lang’s reversal of his reversal came shortly after another candidate, Palo Pinto County rancher and veterinarian Glenn Rogers, announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the seat.
On Saturday, Rogers issued a statement saying that he would remain in the race and had decided to run before Lang’s brief withdrawal.
Granbury attorney Kellye SoRelle is also seeking the Republican nomination for the seat. She announced her intentions in August within hours of Lang going public with his initial re-election bid.
As of press time Tuesday morning, no other competitor for the District 60 seat was listed on the Texas Ethics Commission website.
An email sent by Lang Monday afternoon stated that he had heard from “many” constituents and conservative leaders “who stressed to me how important it is that I continue as state representative.”
He said that redistricting “will be a top issue” and “it will be a heavy lift to make sure our area is taken care of. A freshman member will not have the seniority to get it done.”
Rogers, who lives in Graford, is the owner and operator of the Holt River Ranch, which develops and markets about 800 heifers annually.
“As the urban and suburban areas of our state continue to grow at incredible speed, our rural values and way of life are at risk,” Rogers said in a news release.
“It is vital that we send elected leaders to Austin and Washington who understand the complex needs of rural Texans and who we can depend on to stand up for us.”
Rogers owned and operated two small rural mixed veterinary practices in Graham and Graford.
In the 1990s he accepted an associate professor position at North Carolina State University but returned to Texas in 2000 to manage the beef technical service for Pfizer Animal Health while continuing to operate and expand Holt River Ranch.
He was named the 2017 Conservation Rancher of the Year for the state of Texas.
Rogers said that if elected he will work to strengthen local public schools, protect private property rights and reform the eminent domain process.
He said that he will also work to defend 2nd Amendment rights, secure the southern border, provide better access to rural health care, and provide “real and lasting” property tax relief to landowners “by addressing our broken school finance system.”
Rogers is past president of the Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau, a former Graford ISD School Board member and recently ended a term as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
After graduating from Graham High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University in 1979 and went on to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
He also earned a master’s degree in beef production medicine from Kansas State University in 1993.
While at A&M, Glenn served as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners student chapter and as the Corps of Cadets Squadron Commanding Officer from 1977-1978. He also served as a member of the Ross Volunteers, the ceremonial guard for the Governors of Texas.
Rogers and his wife Mandy are Methodists and have three daughters, one son and five grandchildren.
More information on Rogers can be found at www.rogersfortexas.com and on the rogersfortexas Face-book page.
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