Former Republican Congressman Challenging U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro in 2018

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Jonathan Mallard for the Texas Tribune

Canseco at a campaign rally in San Antonio, April 27, 2010.

Former U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, a Republican, is challenging U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, in 2018.  

Canseco filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to run as a Republican for Texas' 20th Congressional District, which Castro has represented since 2013. In an interview, Canseco said he spent the summer traveling the district and heard from people who want "somebody who has their back."

"I think that one issue that is very lacking is that person-to-person representation and making sure that the needs of an urban district are being met and not just the people who will ultimately vote for him in very thinly participated elections," Canseco said. 

The 20th District is heavily Democratic, and Castro easily won re-election in 2014 and 2016. Republicans did not field a candidate against him in either election. 

Castro has said he plans to run for another term in 2018, despite encouragement to seek statewide office – potentially the governorship. 

Canseco represented Texas' 23rd Congressional District, the most competitive in the state, from 2011 to 2013. He was unseated in 2012 by Democrat Pete Gallego, who held on to the district for one term before losing it to the current representative, Republican Will Hurd.


9 thoughts on “Former Republican Congressman Challenging U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro in 2018

  1. This only proves to me that there is apparently leftover Tea Party money that doesn’t have anywhere else to go. It also proves when you gotta run, you gotta run…. and apparently Mr. Canseco has gotta run.

  2. Finally someone worth voting for in 20. I’m not a huge Canseco fan, but I’m tired of Castro pushing an agenda that does not benefit the tax paying citizens of his district. I’m tired of him sponsoring bills to send aid all over the world and providing benefits to those who are breaking laws in this country without providing any real long-term solutions to the immigration issue. He is clearly disconnected from the source of government money, TAXPAYERS. Castro needs to be held accountable for spending our money. As a district, we need to demand more from our representative, instead of someone who was forced upon us by the Democratic party in a district with no opposition. He does nothing to reach out to constituents because he hasn’t had to. As a voter in 20, what has he done to help you, as a taxpaying citizen? He is part of the problem in Washington, and has been in office long enough.

    • I disagree with you politically but I am not going to argue about politics or policy. I will take issue with your assertion that Castro was forced on District 20 by the Democratic party with no opposition. The REPUBLICANS in the state legislature are the ones who drew TX-20 to be a Democratic vote sink. They gerrymandered the heck out of it so that they could elect more Republicans to Congress.

  3. We need to make sure Texas stays RED anyway we can. Certainly, need to work on electing more Republicans in San Antonio (Mayor and City Council). They spend way too much of the taxpayer’s money on frivolous things like a single downtown bathroom and moving and storing a statue a handful of people wanted to be moved. Now the Alamo! Ridiculous waste of money.

  4. Castro is the representative of illegal dreamers, schemers, and anchors. The anchors are the only real citizens in the group. He don’t care, viva revolution comrade

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