Texas Rep. Ron Wright Still Running for Reelection Despite Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Congressman Ron Wright, R-Arlington, is still running for re-election in 2020, despite battling lung cancer for the last several months, Wright's campaign manager, Micah Cavanaugh, told the Dallas Morning News on Monday.Wright announced his cancer diagnosis in a Facebook post last Friday, saying his treatments were working and his current prognosis was positive. "Since the beginning I have been determined that the disease would not define me, and it hasn't," wrote Wright, who is 66 and currently serving his first term in Congress. "I have maintained a busy congressional schedule of constituent meetings, active committee participation, and votes in Washington as well as the important work in the district. I have no intention of slowing down."Wright told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he is receiving treatment in Dallas, but the disease hasn't significantly interfered with his work in D.C. Wright wrote of his treatment that he "would not wish the side effects on anybody.""This makes how much I've seen you out and about in both DC and the district all the more impressive," Texas Republican Party Chair James Dickey commented on Wright's post. "May God bless you and your family and help you all through this trial. Thank you for your servant's heart."The Star-Telegram also reported that Wright's cancer diagnosis is non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Wright already has at least one challenger for his seat, the sixth Congressional district of Texas, as Democrat Stephen Daniel announced he was running earlier this month. Wright won his seat last year when he defeated Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez — now Daniel's campaign manager — by a closer-than-expected margin of eight points.  Continue reading...

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