GOP District 121 House race heating up

Incumbent Speaker Straus suggests opponent running 'smear campaign'

SAN ANTONIO – Before an address to a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, State Rep. and House Speaker Joe Straus discussed his record that he said included cutting taxes and promoting job growth.

When asked about challenger Jeff Judson’s suggestions in his advertising that Straus represents special interests, Straus said, “A smear campaign isn’t going to work in the district that I represent, and it’s not going to work across the state.”

“People know that Texas Republican legislators have done very, very well in recent years,” he added.

Greeting voters at an early voting site in the district, Judson said, “I’m a true conservative, and I think Joe campaigns as a Republican but governs like a Democrat.”

“I work with Democrats and Republicans very well on things that people really care about,” Judson said. “And not the special interest things in Austin that people really don’t care about.”

The third Republican candidate in the race, Shiela Bean, sent the following statement to KSAT 12 for this story:

"I'm the best candidate in this race because of my conservative principles and experience as a classroom teacher and small business owner. Joaquin Castro has not said anything positive about my leadership, as he has for Joe Straus. I look forward to providing conservative representation for the people of District 121."

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