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11/13/02

List of Possible Candidates Surfaces

Almost immediately after Larry Combest announced that he was leaving the U.S. Congress, there was already speculation about who might fill his seat. On Wednesday, several names surfaced as formidable candidates.

On the Republican side, the names are:

  • Carl Isett -- current State Representative for District 84. He did not return our phone calls, but we're told he is considering it.
  • Victoria Sutton -- a bio-defense and law professor at Texas Tech. Sutton worked for the first Bush administration. She told us over the phone she is interested and is keeping her options open at this point.
  • Don McBeath -- former Lubbock County Judge and current Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Director of Telemedicine and Rural Health. He told us over the phone that he's looking at the position seriously.
  • Sam Medina -- Lubbock Judge of the 237th Judicial District. He was unavailable for comment.
  • Randy Neugebauer -- the chair of the Ports to Plains trade coalition, and a Lubbock real estate developer. He told us over the phone he's seriously considering it.
  • Robert Duncan -- State Senator for District 28. Duncan did not return our phone calls, but is already considered a front runner, should he choose to run.
  • Mark Griffin -- owner of Rip Griffin Companies and Griffin Oil. He's also the current LISD School Board President. He was unavailable for comment.

On the Democratic side, the names are:

  • Pete Laney -- current State Representative for District 85 and current Speaker of the Texas House. Laney is not commenting publicly at this time.
  • David Langston -- former Lubbock Mayor. Worked for Congressman George Mahon of the 19th Congressional District. He says it's always been a dream of his to work in Congress and he is considering a run.
  • John Montford -- former Texas Tech Chancellor and former State Senator. Currently, he's the President of Southwestern Bell Company in San Antonio. He was unavailable for comment.

Two additional names that surfaced late Wednesday are former State Representative Gary Walker and local banker Roger Key. In the Midland-Odessa area, three names have surfaced as potential candidates for the seat. They are: Bob Barnes, Jose Quevas, and Bobby Burns.

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