SEGUIN - Local businessman Dale Brueggemann has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. representative from the 15th Congressional District in the March 2012 primary election.
Guadalupe County currently is in the 28th Congressional District represented by Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.
However, the Texas Legislature earlier this year redrew the state's congressional districts based on data from the 2010 Census, and the remap places most of Guadalupe County in the 15th District currently represented by Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes.
The Legislature's redistricting plan has been challenged in federal court. While some observers expect the plan to be upheld, others say it won't withstand the challenge and will ultimately be redrawn.
"Regardless of how or if the district changes due to court challenges, I will be a candidate to represent the district I am a resident of. The needs and challenges will remain regardless of what district we find ourselves in," Brueggemann says on his website, www.Dale4Congress.com.
Brueggemann initially announced his candidacy for Congress during a rally and picnic held July 2 in Starcke Park. He cited concerns that the United States is traveling on the wrong path and the continued inability of Congress to reach consensus on common sense solutions to issues.
"For an extended period of time, I have observed the continuous failure of our nation's leaders to employ common sense reasoning and their inability to execute difficult decisions necessary for our nation," Brueggemann said. "To illustrate, our citizens must endure a confusing 70,000-page tax code that is devoid of fairness to the majority of taxpayers. As families and individuals alike, we must budget our money while our leaders believe they possess no such restriction. Our $14.5 trillion national debt continues to grow at astounding rates and, (if) left unabated, threatens our American way of life."
Brueggemann, a resident of Guadalupe County for 27 years, has never sought elective office before. He and his wife, the former Carolina Tijerina, celebrated their 27th anniversary in March. They have four children including one who is currently serving on active duty with the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
"I am a common small businessman with employees who depend on me for their livelihood. It is rare that a person with my background attempts elected office, but I believe in the goodness of this great nation. I believe as a citizen who loves this country I have an obligation to further the best ideals of this country," Brueggemann said. "I am committed to this proposition, and if given the chance, I will immediately go to work with the people of our district to create jobs, find common sense solutions to our nation's pressing issues and ensure a better future for all citizens and generations to come."