Republican Linda Koop Announces Campaign to Win Back Her Old Dallas County Texas House Seat

AUSTIN -- Linda Koop wants her seat at the statehouse back. On Friday, the North Dallas County Republican who served two terms in the Texas House during 2015 and 2017 before being ousted in last year's elections announced her campaign to unseat first-term Democrat Ana-Maria Ramos. Casting Ramos as the "2nd most liberal" of the 150 Texas House members, Koop launched her campaign by saying that Texas needed to "step away from extremism.""North Dallas, Richardson, Addison, and Garland deserve common-sense problem-solving, not radical partisanship," she said in a news release. In her announcement, Koop touted her experience working in important committees that dealt with the state's budget and public education, casting herself as a champion for children and taxpayers, healthcare for women and an advocate for small businesses. "Texas has solved key problems that other states have found unsolvable due to partisan wrangling." Koop said. "I am proud to represent an effort to keep Texans working together, not against each other."Koop also touted her deep Dallas County roots - she's lived in the district for more than 30 years- and her resume as a Dallas City Council from 2005 to 2013, a member of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board, the Texas PTA and the Dallas Park and Recreation Board. Koop will be looking to aid Republicans in taking back some statehouse seats lost in the 2018 elections and thwart the Democratic effort to flip the Houses. Ramos defeated her by 3,267 votes in an unexpected upset.   Continue reading...

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