Jason Huddleston, an insurance agent from Perryton, will be challenging Representative Ken King for the Republican nomination for state representative in district 88.
Huddleston announced his candidacy with a letter to supporters. In his letter, Huddleston cited laws that hurt businesses as one of his main reasons for joining the race. Huddleston also blasted King, saying, "But when I look into our legislators, I see that so many of them, including ours, run as conservatives but govern as liberals."
Ken King has represented district 88, since 2013. King defeated State Representative Jim Landtroop in the Republican primary for the seat in 2012, 54 percent to 46 percent. King has not faced a major challenge since that election.
Huddleston has filed with the Texas Ethics Commission to begin raising funds, but has not yet made a financial report.
District 88 is a primarily rural district that stretches most of the length of the Texas panhandle. The district begins at the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Oklahoma panhandle and stretches southwest of Lubbock.
The Republican primary election will be held in March of 2018. Interested candidates can begin filing for office in November of this year.