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    Pastor Who Lost Child in Sutherland Springs Church Attack Runs for Office
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    Pastor Frank Pomeroy speaks to the media near his First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people including the pastor's daughter at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.

    A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among more than two dozen people killed during a mass shooting at his church in 2017 says he's running for the state legislature.

    Frank Pomeroy of Seguin, Texas, announced Sunday that he will run as a Republican for state senator in 2020.

    He told The Associated Press that he wants to help bring civility and intelligent discourse to politics.

    The Senate seat is currently held by a Democrat. Pomeroy is launching his campaign weeks after a mass shooting in El Paso that was the deadliest in Texas since the attack at his church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio.

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    Pomeroy wasn't at First Baptist Church when a gunman opened fire on worshippers. More than half those killed were children, including Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.

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