Four Republicans to vie for Texas Congressional District 27


April 7, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.

John Grunwald

John Grunwald

Four Republicans will go head-to-head during Texas Congressional District 27's May primaries.

Incumbent and Corpus Christi resident Blake Farenthold is running for a second term in Congress.

On his website, he includes healthcare, border security, energy and defense among the region's top issues, and notes he hopes to protect those who depend on Social Security and Medicare.

"Right now, the Republican budget is the only serious proposal out there that protects them," he said on the site. "It is disappointing that some of my colleagues are using scare tactics to frighten seniors rather than actually solving the problems that affect all Americans."

Farenthold is owner and founder of a computer consulting and web design firm. He also has experience as a conservative radio contributor and seven years of law practice with the Kleberg Law Firm, according to the site.

Farenthold could not be reached for comment.

John Grunwald, an Egypt resident and retired CPA, said joining Congress was a chance to serve the country in a way he never could before.

While Grunwald said there are many issues affecting the United States, tackling the national debt tops his list. He said he hopes to assist in balancing the budget and sorting out economic and job issues.

"Being a businessman, I know what it's like to be bankrupt," he said. "I've been there, done that, been up and down. To me, we're going bankrupt. And I don't like seeing that."

Grunwald said he supports term limits, believes each area of government needs sunset provisions to determine whether they remain relevant and needed, and believes immigration is another important issue to the nation.

"We need to control the borders, but don't want to be an iron curtain," he said. "To me, the fence is not the answer."

Wharton contractor Don Al Middlebrook said his goal is to put Americans back to work and get the country moving forward with his D.A.M. (Don Al Middlebrook) economic plan.

According to his website, the plan includes items such as approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project - as long as the project is planned properly and property rights are respected - passing a bill to repeal Obamacare and returning manufacturing jobs to domestic soil with help of a 10-year, 0 percent corporate tax rate for manufacturers.

Middlebrook said it's his integrity, character, work ethic and principled conservatism that qualify him to serve in the office. His time in construction and working in the prison ministry showed him Americans can overcome adversity.

"Texans understand what is required to get the United States moving forward again," he said in an email. "Just like the run-down home or the hardened convict, America needs a lot of hard work, care, compassion and the guiding hand of something much bigger than just us."

Rockport resident Trey Roberts, a university lecturer and attorney, said it was the maddening things he saw in Washington, D.C., combined with struggles from small-business owners and students on the job hunt, that led him to run for office.

Too many people pass legislation they haven't read or don't understand, he said, which leads to confusion in the business world.

Roberts said he hoped to address three key issues affecting the United States, including promoting economic growth and job creation; defending the Constitution and reducing the size of the government and both defending the country and protecting national sovereignty.

Eagle Ford Shale activity is also important to the region, he said, noting it has potential to cause a boom. The problem is, he said, people have handled the issue incorrectly for several years.

He said his goal was to represent District 27 as a whole.

"South Texas is my home," he said. "I love it and always want to do right by it."

The Republican and Democratic primaries will be May 29.

The Republican and Democratic primaries will be May 29. The Advocate is profiling candidates in the contested races in the two primaries. Sunday's profile features candidates for the Republican Party nomination for US. Congress District 27. The winner will face the winner of the Democratic party primary in November.



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