Candidates file for federal office
Chris Mapp, a Port O'Connor resident, is seeking the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. John Cornyn.
Mapp, 53, who filed Saturday, said his message is not just for Republicans but also for conservative Democrats, conservative Independents and all Americans who want to change the future of the country.
"I am very opposed to where the national debt is; there's no stop in sight. I'm very opposed to the Affordable Care Act. I'm opposed to the effects of multiculturalism that are taking over our country," Mapp said.
Dwayne Stovall, of Cleveland, has also filed for the same office.
Stovall ran for State Representative in 2011.
Mapp said he wants to stop and reverse the deficit, cut entitlements and see the federal government stop printing money "at such an alarming rate."
As owner of Coastal Bend Marine in Port O'Connor, Mapp said he would use his same business values if elected.
"Entrepreneurs are people who are self-motivated, and they're not afraid to take a challenge on," he said. "As a business owner, we have to deal with real money issues in life. If we don't have it, we can't spend it. If we borrow, we have to pay it back. We're accountable to our finances and our customers."
Stovall, according to his website, is also a small-business owner.
Mapp previously served on the hospital board in Giddings and was part of a decision to ultimately close the hospital.
"Sometimes, making good decisions is not easy," he said. "I would use the same mentality it takes to start a business, to run a business, to run a family and live on a budget; that's the qualifications we seem to be lacking in our government today."