Brent Lawson has announced his intention to run for the District 62 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

A Texas native and longtime resident of Grayson County, Lawson says he offers Republican voters a representative who shares their frustrations and has a real sense of urgency for protecting life, strengthening property rights, driving meaningful tax reform, protecting religious liberty and addressing government overreach.

A statement released by Lawson says he has a long history of grassroots Republican involvement. He previously founded and directed Conservatives for Republican Reform, serves as a Grayson County GOP precinct chairman, has served on rules and resolutions committees at county conventions, attended state conventions, created and chaired the GCRP Keep Texas Red committee, and has served as a volunteer block-walking for candidates, manning GCRP booths at events and as a deputy voter registrar.

Lawson’s career in the defense and semiconductor industries includes roles from design engineer to program management to building and managing engineering organizations.

“The freedoms and way of life that we want to pass on to our children are at risk like never before,” Lawson said. “I entered this race to join the core group of committed House conservatives in taking bold stands and fighting for a conservative Texas future. This is a pivotal election year for Texas Republicans, and we have a very real opportunity to see a conservative shift in the House leadership. A career of solving complex problems and doing what it takes to get the job done has prepared me very well to serve the people of District 62.”

The Republican primary election, which will be held on March 6, will see Lawson pitted against Grayson County Republican Chairman Reggie Smith and local attorney and former city of Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch.

Longtime Republican State Rep. Larry Phillips announced earlier this month he will not be seeking re-election to the District 62 seat. His term is set to expire in early 2019. Phillips, who has represented Grayson County and Fannin County since 2003 and Delta County since 2013, is chairman of the lower chamber’s Insurance Committee and is a former chairman of the Transportation Committee, Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

District 62 is comprised of Grayson, Fannin and Delta counties. The last day to file for the March 6, 2018 primary race is Dec. 11.