WilCo Democrat Hegar announces 2020 Senate run

April 23, 2019 - 9:08 am

WILLIAMSON COUNTY (Talk1370.com) -- Among all the hoopla in the 2020 Presidential race, a prominent Texas Democrat has jumped in the race for one of the Lone Star State's Senate seats.

Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, in what would likely be a challenge to Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the general election.

Hegar, a former helicopter pilot in the Air Force, officially announced her campaign in a video released Tuesday morning. The Williamson County Democrat previously tried to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) in 2018, drawing within 3 percent of Carter in the traditionally Republican district.

"Texans deserve a senator who represents our values, strength, courage, independence — putting Texas first," Hegar said in the video. "So saddle up Texas, we got work to do."

Hegar could face a crowded primary field. Three Democrats have already jumped in the 2020 race: Beaumont NAACP president Michael Cooper, who ran in the 2018 primary as a candidate for lieutenant governor; Sema Hernandez, who finished second to Beto O'Rourke in the 2018 primary for U.S. Senate; and Adrian Ocegueda, who finished near the bottom of the pack in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and Houston City Councilmember Amanda Edwards have both been considering campaigns of their own, with Castro expected to announce his decision soon.

Cornyn's campaign staff, responding to the announcement, called Hegar the "hand-picked candidate" of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. "Texans rejected her radical views once and they will again", the campaign said in a statement.

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