Democratic congressional committee targets Central Texas seat

Democrat MJ Hegar (left) lost to Republican Central Texas Congressman John Carter of Round Rock by 3 percent in November 2018.. (Campaign photo/Congressional photo)
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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KWTX) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released its list of targeted races throughout across the country and one of them is in Central Texas.

The 31st Congressional District, anchored in Georgetown, is now represented by Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter, who first assumed his Congressional mantle in 2003 and his seat was considered stable because he’d had no serious challengers since then.

At least until Mary Jennings Hegar, who calls herself M.J., broke onto the scene as a candidate to challenge him in 2018.

She lost, but by only three percent, and that gave national Democrats reason to believe next time she could beat him, if she decides to run again.

She said in a phone interview she plans to make a decision soon, but she hasn’t thrown her hat in the ring yet.

Jennings, the author of three books, is a former U.S. Air Force pilot who served in combat in Afghanistan and while there was presented with a Purple Heart after she was wounded while flying wounded soldiers out of a combat zone.

She also successfully sued the Air Force to remove the combat exclusion policy.

Carter was born and reared in Houston, but spent his adult life in Central Texas.

He attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in History and then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.

He also served as district judge in Williamson County before he ran for Congress.

He has not announced his intentions for 2020 yet, either.

There actually are six seats on the DCCC’s list in Texas.

Democrats are also targeting setas held by Houston-area Republicans Michael McCaul and Pete Olsen, San Antonio-area Republicans Chip Roy and Will Hurd and Coppell Republican Kenny Marchant.

The committee has identified 33 seats nation-wide that they’ll target in 2020, but Texas, by far, has the highest number of targeted districts.