A former assistant commissioner with the Texas Department of Agriculture will run for the Texas House.
LaGrange democrat Donnie Dippel announced his candidacy Friday for District 17. The district includes Burleson, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties along with a portion of Brazos County.
Dippel currently works as the owner of CHB Consulting, a small business specializing in agriculture consulting. He said his priorities are public schools, agriculture and economic development.
District 17 Representative Robby Cook announced last month he will not run for reelection.