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Two File to Run for District 53 Seat
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Posted August 14, 2013

In the wake of long -time District 53 Representative Harvey Hildebran’s announcement that he will not seek re-election, two Republican candidates have filed to run for his spot in the November 2014 Republican Primary. District 53 covers Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher, and Sutton counties.

Hildebran, who has served for 23 years, made his announcement on July 10 – but has not indicated whether or not he will seek the position of Texas State Comptroller, which will be up for grabs following the retirement of current Comptroller, Susan Combs.

On June 26, Karen Harris announced her candidacy to seek the Republican nomination for Texas House District 53. She has served Texas as a board member of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, a radiologic technologist, small business owner and a strong advocate for conservative issues on state and local levels.

Karen stated, “My responsibility as a Representative will be to vote the values and concerns of the residents of District 53. As State Representative for this District I will work tirelessly to make government accountable, fiscally responsible and morally strong. These issues will directly influence whether Texas thrives or declines in the coming years. I want to make Texas strong by prioritizing spending and strengthening our family values.”

Karen Harris was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Council in 2011 and the advisory committee to the Texas Education Association for Academic Achievement Distinction in 2012. She served with the AADDC for one year and after two years on the HHSC Council, resigned on June 15 to run for office. More information regarding Karen can be found at

Kerr County Attorney and native Rob Henneke has announced his intention to run in the 2014 Republican Primary to replace Harvey Hilderbran following Hilderbran’s announcement that he will not seek reelection. Describing himself as a Ted Cruz Republican, Henneke has served as Kerr County Attorney since 2010 where he has repeatedly reduced the department’s budget and overhead while increasing prosecutions and convictions.

Rob is the fourth generation of his family to live, work and raise his family in the Texas Hill Country. He graduated with honors from Tivy High School before attending Georgetown University and the University of Texas Law School. Prior to moving to Kerrville in 2007, Rob served with distinction under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation Division. Rob was elected as the Kerr County Attorney in March of 2010 and re-elected without opposition in 2012.

Said Henneke, “I am blessed to work, live, and raise my family in rural Texas. I am a product of this region, and I understand firsthand the importance of family values, property rights, and the small-business work ethic that makes rural Texas great. I believe in individual accountability and personal responsibility. Our government should be limited and focused towards maximizing the benefit that government can provide with a minimal burden to the taxpayer. I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to offer myself in public service as a way to give something back to the wonderful people of Southwest Texas.”

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