Former Pearland city council woman and attorney Felicia Harris Hoss is the latest Republican to announce plans to run for Texas 22nd Congressional District seat in Congress.
Four other Republicans have announced their candidacy, consisting of mega-donor Kathaleen Wall, former Brazoria County Court Judge Greg Hill, Fort Bend County resident and Army veteran Joe Walz, and disabled Army veteran Keli Chevalier.
Three Democrats have announced plans to replace Pete Olson in Congress.
They are Sugar Land businessman and former U.S. Foreign Office official Sri Preston Kulkarni, TV personality Nyanza Moore and Pearland City Councilman Derrick Reed.
Olson announced last month that he would not run for reelection after serving in Congress since 2009.
The deadline to file for the Democrat and Republican primary elections is Dec. 9.
Primary elections are scheduled for March 3, 2020, and primary runoffs — if necessary — are scheduled for May 26, 2020.
The election will be held Nov. 3, 2020.
“I’ve lived the American dream and I worry it’s in trouble,” Hoss said in a news release announcing her candidacy.
“We can’t let the socialist squad in Washington tax and regulate our economy to death. I’m the conservative Republican who can fight back and win.”
Hoss is a founding partner at Barry Conge Harris law firm.
She said she is a self-made businesswoman and the first in her immediate family to graduate from college.
She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Texas A&M University. Later, she received her law degree from South Texas College of Law where she finished first in her class and was voted Outstanding Female Graduate.
Texas House District 22 is considered one of the most competitive congressional races in America and is rated a “toss-up” by independent analysts.
The district includes most of Fort Bend County, northern Brazoria County, and southern parts of Harris County, inclusive of suburbs like Pearland, Sugar Land, and parts of Katy and Friendswood.