AG Ken Paxton Says His Wife, Angela, Moving Closer to Running for Texas Senate

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday signaled that his wife, Angela Paxton, would likely run for the Senate seat he once held."She's been mulling it over, and at this point, she's made no announcement," Paxton told radio show host Mark Davis on 660 AM (The Answer). "She, I would say, is moving closer and closer by the day to deciding to do it."Angela Paxton, a teacher who dabbles in singing and songwriting, is considering campaigning for the Senate seat being vacated by Plano Republican Van Taylor, who is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson in Congressional District 3.Her name emerged as a contender this week after Texas Rep. Matt Shaheen of Plano opted to run for re-election instead of vying with North Texas businessman Phillip Huffines for the Senate seat.Huffines, the chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, has been campaigning to replace Taylor since March and has raised more than $300,000 for the effort.When Shaheen dropped from contention last week, it looked as if Huffines would have an unabated path to the Republican nomination for the seat. But the prospect of Angela Paxton entering the race has delighted some Republicans who complain that Paxton only recently moved into the Collin-County anchored district from Highland Park.Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, also decided not to campaign against Huffines for the Senate seat.Paxton said his wife, Angela, has deeper roots in the district than Huffines."She's lived in the district for 21 years, that is a huge advantage over Philip-- obviously, he's moved up from Highland Park," Paxton said on Davis' radio show. "She knows a lot of people in and of herself. And given that I've represented that area for 12 years and now serving as AG-- that district was my district, so we know it well, we know the people in it well, and I think that'll be really helpful to her if she decides to do this."On Friday, however, Huffines unveiled endorsements from 39 precinct chairs in Senate District 8."I am excited to endorse Phillip Huffines for State Senator of SD8," Precinct leader and Collin County Republican Party Secretary JB Owen said in a news release. "I believe Mr. Huffines' strong business background, his commitment to the party and his leadership make him the mostqualified candidate."Meanwhile, Paxton said that his wife became interested in the elected office when his old Senate seat became available."She's not someone that's been sitting out there waiting to run for office," the attorney general said of his wife. " Once that (seat) opened up people started asking if she would consider running."Paxton said Angela Paxton would make a decision "next week or so.""Obviously it's a big change for her; it would affect her job, and there would be things that would have to change," he said. "But interestingly for us, this is the first time we've been empty-nesters.... suddenly, we have no children at home."  Continue reading...

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