Dean draws endorsement from governor
Dec. 6, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
The former Longview mayor representing Gregg and Upshur counties in Austin got a boost this week in his bid for a second term with an endorsement by fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
Jay Dean, whose first term in the Texas House of Representatives ends in 2018, filed for re-election to his District 7 seat Nov. 15. The term is for two years.
As of mid-day Wednesday, no one had filed to challenge him in the March Republican primary. No Democrats had filed for the seat, either, the Texas Secretary of State's website showed.
Filing for federal, state and county offices continues through Monday.
Dean, who was mayor of Longview for 11 years and a city councilman seven years before that, was vacationing Wednesday but sent a statement on winning the backing of the top Republican in the state.
"I feel truly blessed and honored to receive the endorsement of most conservative governor the state of Texas has ever had." Dean wrote. "I look forward, if re-elected for a second term, to continue to fight with him for the conservative principles and values important to our district and all of Texas."
In endorsing Dean, the governor heralded the representative's lifelong conservatism and focus on values of "faith, family and fiscal responsibility."
"Respected for his work in the House, Dean continues to be a leader in maintaining the Texas brand of economic liberty and individual freedom," Abbott wrote. "I urge the voters in Gregg and Upshur counties to re-elect Rep. Dean for another term."
Dean and Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, were the only Northeast Texas lawmakers to draw the governor's endorsement by Wednesday afternoon.