Houston Lawyer James Cargas made it official on Wednesday and filed for the chance to challenge John Culberson for the 7th Congressional District seat. Here’s his press release:
Houston, Texas – Former Congressional staffer James Cargas filed today for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Tea Party Rep. Culberson in the November 6, 2012 election.
Like most Texans, James is tired of Congressional gridlock, government shutdowns and threats of default, that impair the ability of America’s economy to fully recover. “House Republicans like Rep. Culberson need to stop thinking about positioning themselves for next November’s election and start doing their job. If they don’t, I am ready to step in and take action with a new majority,” Cargas said.
James must first prevail in the Democratic primary against other prospective challengers. The date of the primary and exact area encompassed by Congressional District Seven remains in question due to recent court orders, but his commitment to moving Congress out of its current stalemate is not.
James first worked in the U.S. Congress as a Capitol Hill intern when Tip O’Neill was Speaker of the House. After graduating from college, he returned to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Deputy Press Secretary when Texan Jim Wright was Speaker. He subsequently attended law school in Washington DC at The American University while clerking at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. After working in private practice and in the energy industry, James returned to public service first in the Clinton/Gore White House and later at the U.S. Department of Energy under Sec. Bill Richardson. Today, James Cargas is a Senior Assistant City Attorney advising the Mayor on all aspects of energy procurement, energy efficiency, and other legal matters.
“When I worked in Congress almost 30 years ago, the two parties did not always agree with each other, but we worked hard to find common ground and get legislation passed. It’s easy to say ‘no’ all the time and do nothing,” Cargas explained. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work hard and represent the people of Congressional District 7.”
To find out more about the Cargas for Congress campaign or to join, go to: www.JamesCargas.com