And then there were two. Highland Park High School alumnus Court Alley has officially announced his campaign for Dan Branch's District 108 seat today, though we've known it was coming for a while now.
Alley is a graduate of University of Texas who heads up Brighter Dallas, a conservative political action committee, and Caruth Marketing. He lives in the Devonshire neighborhood with his wife, Mary Clare, and their sixteen-month-old son, Ford. They attend Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
“Texas is at a crossroads, and I am passionate about preserving this great state for future generations; while Texas has led the way for job creation and economic growth, there's more work that needs to be done to preserve the economic vitality we currently enjoy," he said in a statement. "We must ensure tight controls on spending, and oppose liberal efforts to take Texas down a California-style path of overregulation, high taxes and eventual bankruptcy."
Alley has lived in District 108 all his life, and starting mowing lawns at 14 to start saving money for his first car. Today, he launches his campaign with more than 800 supporters from across the district, state and country. W. Byron Dunn will serve as his campaign treasurer.
Alley joins Morgan Meyer on the list of official candidates, who hosted his kickoff party last Saturday. Chart Westcott and Leigh Bailey have both expressed public interest, but have yet to launch official campaigns for the March primary.
Since some of you are asking for more specifics — Alley's press release calls him a "pro-life, pro-family conservative." Here's the list of supporters that was attached to the release. We'll keep an eye out for updates on his website.