John Zerwas

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond. 

FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) - When Texas State Rep. Dr. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) announced that he was stepping down from his elected position to become executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the UT System there were 5 candidates who quickly jumped into the race to replace him.

The District 28 seat represents Fulshear, Sugar Land, Richmond and a portion of the City of Katy and a large portion of the Katy area. Candidates have until Sept. 4 to file to run in the special election that's set for Nov. 5.

As of Aug. 30 the five candidates in the race are listed alphabetically below:

Dr. Anna Allred (R) -  Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and board certified in the subspecialty of critical care medicine. According to her website she is "a conservative who believes that government is more likely to be the problem than the solution. It’s the private sector innovation and individual initiative that makes Texas the very best place to live. I will work tirelessly, with commitment, expertise and passion on behalf of the voters of this district as well as all citizens in the state of Texas."

Gary Gates (R) is a businessman who says his priorities will be to "protect taxpayers, secure the border, support our schools, defend the second Amendment, enhance school safety and protect innocent life."

Tricia Krenek (R) is an attorney and former member of the Fulshear City Council. Her priorities reportedly include include flood mitigation, property taxes and education. 

Dr. Eliz Markowitz (D) has her doctorate in education and is a corporate trainer. If elected she promises to fight for reforms in education, criminal justice, disaster management, the environment, gerrymandering, gun laws, healthcare, immigration and voting rights.

Clinton D. Purnell (R) reportedly has a background in logistics. We could find no other information on his candidacy and were unable to contact Mr. Purnell.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Sept. 4 to apply to place their name on the ballot.

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