Dave McIntyre, a homeland security expert out of Texas A&M, is forming an advisory committee to see if he should run for the Republican nomination for District 17. The list of candidates expressing interest has skyrocketed to new levels.
"Many people are concerned that our nation is speeding recklessly in the wrong direction," McIntyre said in a press release. "A number have approached me and asked that I run as a voice for a saner course on spending, taxation, security, immigration, health care, and government control of the economy and citizens' rights. I am seeking experienced council as we consider this possibility."
McIntyre heads up the Integrative Center for Homeland Security at A&M and the graduate program in homeland security at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. With family roots in Grimes County, McIntyre spent three decades in the Army, and spent time as the dean of the National War College in Washington.
McIntyre bid for the District 17 GOP nomination in 2003 when district lines were redrawn. Eventually, State Representative Arlene Wohlgemuth won the nomination, but lost to Democrat Chet Edwards, who has represented the district since winning in 2004.
Waco businessman Rob Curnock has announced he is running again and has already started airing ads. Curnock fell short of defeating Rep. Edwards in 2008 as the lone candidate for the GOP, meaning there was no primary.
Also officially declaring their candidacies for the GOP nod according to the Brazos County Republican headquarters are Waco's Chuck Wilson, Burleson's Darren Yancy, and College Station's Timothy Delasandro. Bill Flores of Bryan has announced he is considering a run for the nomination.
According to local GOP officials, this is the most interest they've ever had in the party nomination for Congress.
Rep. Edwards has been in the House since the 1990 election he won to represent the 11th District.