Three Republicans run in U.S. Representative District 34 primary
April 8, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2012 at 11:08 p.m.
U.S. Representative District 34 is a newly created district that includes DeWitt, Goliad, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kenedy, Willacy, Cameron, and parts of Gonzales and San Patricio counties.
Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the May 29 primary election. This profile features candidates for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. House of Representatives District 34. The winner will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November.
Three Republicans are vying for the chance to be on the November ballot to represent District 34 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jessica Puente Bradshaw, of Brownsville; Adela Garza, of Olmito; and Paul B. Haring, of Goliad, will show up on the May 29 primary ticket.
Their platforms are similar, each prioritizing the economy, jobs and their commitment to being pro-life.
"I've been very interested in trying to protect the unborn since 1971," Haring, 75, said. "First thing, I'm going to try to stop the killing of the unborn, and I intend to basically speak up every day."
Meanwhile, Bradshaw lists border security and state's rights among her top issues.
"Bigger federal government equals more legislation, which infringes upon state's rights," Bradshaw's website states. "I am not a big government conservative; I am a constitutional conservative."
In addition to mentioning affordability and accessibility to higher education, Garza emphasized her commitment to veterans.
"I have personally sat in the waiting room with a loved one for hours to see a physician and understand veterans' frustration," her website says. "U.S. Congressional District 34 veterans deserve a V.A. hospital, and as your future congresswoman, I will do everything possible to make this a reality."
Garza, 59, is a businesswoman and member of the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees. She's served on civic boards like the Texas Council of Community, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers and the Healthy Communities of Brownsville.
Bradshaw, 37, ran for Congress in 2010 as a tea party member. She was born in Matamoros, Mexico, and has worked in real estate in addition to volunteering as a den leader for the Cub Scouts.
Harding practiced law in Goliad, Galveston and Houston after earning his degree from the University of Texas. He served as a state representative from 1961 to 1967.