By Joe Southern
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls announced last week that he is considering making a run for Congress next year in the seat held by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson.
“I am forming an exploratory committee and seriously considering running for Congress,” Nehls told The Fort Bend Star.
He said any formal candidacy would be announced in December.
“I am not a candidate and I am not running for Congress,” he said. “I am only exploring it.”
Because Texas has a resign-to-run law, Nehls, who was just re-elected to his second term as sheriff in November, would have to quit his job to seek the District 22 House seat that has been held by Olson since 2008.
“I just think that our federal government is broken and that it is time for change,” he said.
“We are aware Troy is interested in abandoning his responsibilities as sheriff weeks after being elected to serve Fort Bend,” Olson’s spokesman Chris Homan said. “Right now, Pete is focused on helping President Trump pass a bold, conservative agenda to secure our borders, strengthen our military, repeal Obamacare, and unleash the American economy to create good paying jobs for our hard-working families. That will remain his focus.”
Both men are Republicans, so a showdown, should Nehls decide to run, would take place in the spring Republican primary election.
Nehls was first elected sheriff in 2012 and he was re-elected last November. Prior to that, he served two terms as Constable of Fort Bend County Precinct 4, a position now held by his twin brother, Trever Nehls.
Olson was first elected to Congress in 2008 and has won three subsequent elections.