A Sugar Land business woman is the latest Republican hoping to replace Pete Olson as U.S. representative of District 22.

Diana Miller brings to 12 the number of candidates seeking to win the congressional seat.

Diana Miller

Diana Miller

The district includes the majority of Fort Bend County, including Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Needville and Richmond as well as a portion of the greater Katy area. It also contains portions of northern Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin. The district also takes in a portion of southeast Harris County centered on Friendswood.

So far, three Democrats and now nine Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring.

The Democrats are Sri Preston Kulkarni, a Sugar Land businessman and former Foreign Service officer; Pearland native and talk show panelist Nyanza Moore; and Pearland City Council member and former Harris County assistant district attorney Derrick Reed.

Republicans are Houston attorney Carl Douglas Haggard, Katy resident Matt Hinton, a finance manager; former Pearland city council woman and attorney Felicia Harris Hoss; former Brazoria County Court Judge Greg Hill; Houston attorney Howard Lynn Steele Jr.; GOP mega-donor Kathaleen Wall, who spent $6 million in a failed bid to replace Congressman Ted Poe in 2018; Army veteran and charter helicopter pilot Joe Walz; and disabled Army veteran Keli Chevalier.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, who announced this summer he would not seek re-election to a third term of office, is also considering running for Olson’s seat. His exploratory committee has already raised over $100,000, he said.

Olson announced in late June he would not seek re-election.Olson has served as representative of District 22 since 2009.

The deadline to file for the Democrat and Republican primary elections is Dec. 9.

Primary elections are scheduled for March 3, 2020. The general election will be held Nov. 3, 2020.

The candidate elected to serve District 22 will take the oath of office in January 2021.

Miller is a 35-year resident of Sugar Land. She has been married to Randy Miller, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, for 41 years.

Miller is a broker owner of a real estate company and is a Child Advocates of Fort Bend CASA volunteer, a volunteer with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, a graduate of the 2016 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, and a volunteer with the city of Sugar Land. 

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