Representative Ken King has drawn his first challenger for the 2020 state legislative elections.
Kerry McKennon, a well-known Libertarian, has announced his intention to challenge King in 2020. McKennon announced his challenge in a press release on Thursday night, saying that he hopes to be a better representative for the mostly rural District 88, if elected.
"As the representative for district 88, I will work to repeal laws that infringe upon our Liberties and introduce new laws that secure the rights of all individuals," McKennon said. "Each change in the current laws should always maximize freedom and move liberties forward – and never give the government more power."
McKennon previously was the party's nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018. Many of his 2018 positions have returned for his 2020 platform, including abolishing state property taxes, passing constitutional carry, and legalizing cannabis.
King represents the 88th District today, which includes most of the Panhandle, outside of Amarillo and the Lubbock regions. King has drawn criticism from some conservative based groups, due to his affiliation with outgoing Texas Speaker Joe Straus’ legislative coalition. King was challenged by Republicans Jason Huddleston and Richard Beyea in the March primary, and went on to win re-election in November.
Voters will decide this contest in November 2020.