Royce West Announces Run For US Senate Nomination

Alan Scaia
July 22, 2019 - 6:31 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - State Senator Royce West has announced he's joining the field of Democrats who want to knock John Cornyn out of the U-S Senate next year.

"Royce West has proven to be someone who loves people and has a great perspective on what's needed for this country," says Marcus King, the pastor of Disciple Central Community Church, who has known West for 15 years.

West would be the fourth Democrat to enter the race for the nomination in next year's race.

In April, former U.S. House candidate MJ Hegar announced she would run for the nomination. Former Houston-area Congressman Chris Bell announced his plans earlier this month. Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards announced her campaign last week.

"What we're doing is just getting our boots on the ground, just working to make sure we turn Texas blue," says the Dallas County Democratic Party's Trey Arnold.

Republican John Cornyn is running for his fourth term in U.S. Senate in 2020.

"If Texans want an Elizabeth Warren clone with a long record of radical positions, look no further than Royce West," Cornyn's campaign manager John Jackson wrote in a statement. "While the Democratic party is quickly turning into a contest of who can run to the left the fastest, we're building our field operation and adding grassroots supporters."

Cornyn was re-elected in 2014, defeating Democrat David Alameel 62-44 percent.

In 2018, Ted Cruz was re-elected to a second term, defeating Beto O'Rourke 51-48 percent. That was the closest race for U.S. Senate in Texas since 1978.