Gina Ortiz Jones Announces Second Bid to Unseat Texas U.S. Rep. Will Hurd

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Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones addresses members of the media in regards to making sure all votes are accounted for.

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Democratic candidate Gina Ortiz Jones for the 23rd Congressional District.

Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat who narrowly lost last year to U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Helotes) is running again.

Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, launched her long-anticipated 2020 bid Tuesday morning, setting the stage for a rematch in Texas’ most competitive congressional district. In a brief video posted to Twitter, Jones asked supporters to “join us as we finished what we started.”

“Last November, I came up a little bit short in my run for Congress – 926 votes – but I’ve never been one to back down because the promise of our country is worth fighting for,” Jones said. “It’s why I served in the military, deployed to Iraq, it’s why I served in President Obama’s administration and it’s why I’ve dedicated my life to public service – and it’s why I’m stepping up again to run for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.”

Jones had been expected to make another bid after her razor-thin loss in November, when she declined to concede for nearly two weeks while all outstanding ballots were counted. Within several weeks of accepting defeat, she informed supporters that she was “very likely” to pursue a rematch.

She is the first major candidate to enter the 2020 Democratic primary in the massive 23rd District, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and covers hundreds of miles of Texas-Mexico border. The field already includes Liz Wahl, the former U.S. anchor for Russia Today who quit live on-air in 2014.

Jones is not the first challenger that Hurd has faced more than once. After he unseated U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in 2014, the Democrat ran against Hurd two years later and lost.

Hurd’s campaign alluded to that outcome in responding to Jones’ 2020 candidacy.

“Is it Groundhog Day? Surely the national Democrats know what happened the last time their candidate lost and ran again in TX-23,” Hurd spokesman Justin Hollis said in a statement that also knocked Jones for attending freshman orientation in Washington, D.C., following the November election and before she conceded.

3 thoughts on “Gina Ortiz Jones Announces Second Bid to Unseat Texas U.S. Rep. Will Hurd

  1. William Hurd v. Gina Oritz Jones v. Liz Wahl. What a colorfully interesting contest the 2020 election season will be. Hurd is, I believe, the only Black Republican serving in the House of Representatives. Both Jones and Wahl share a Filipina heritage on their mothers’ sides.

    I’m likely to vote once again for Hurd but am looking forward to listening to what Jones and Wahl offer us.

  2. Will Hurd appears as one of the very limited number even slightly bi-partisan, which is an amazing blessing when the vast majority of our congressman put party over all. Ortiz Jones should move into another district and run for office there. At some point in time, there will have to be a move toward bi-partisanship and doing what is best for the country and not for the party. Hurd is a small step in that direction. I am sorry not to be in his district in order to vote for him.

  3. This quote (““Last November, I came up a little bit short in my run for Congress – 926 votes – but I’ve never been one to back down because the promise of our country is worth fighting for,” Jones said. “It’s why I served in the military, deployed to Iraq, it’s why I served in President Obama’s administration and it’s why I’ve dedicated my life to public service – and it’s why I’m stepping up again to run for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.”” indicates Ms. Jones is hoping win the “political dole lottery” and become a disservice to Texas Congressional District 23.

    Is she still residing in that district or has she moved back to the Washington, DC, area under the protest wing of the progressive takeover movement?

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