By NICOLE JONES
One current and one former Pearland City Councilman will be among those vying to represent Congressional District 22 representative.
Greg Hill, a Brazoria County Court-at-Law judge who previously served three terms on the Pearland City Council, announced his candidacy last week.
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) recently announced that he is not seeking reelection. Olson was first elected in 2008.
A graduate of Texas A&M, Hill was a U.S. Border Patrol agent and high school Spanish teacher before earning a law degree, prosecuting cases for Galveston County before going into private practice. His service on the Pearland council began in 2011.
Hill will be running in the Republican primary.
“In 2020, our quality of life and economic vitality are on the ballot,” Hill said in his announcement. “The so-called ‘Squad’ led by socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken over the Democratic Party. I’m running for Congress to defeat their radical ideas, protect our pocketbooks and our families and preserve our quality of life.”
Hill isn’t the only Pearland resident eyeing Olson’s seat. Derrick Reed, who has served on the Pearland Council since 2015, will be running in the Democratic primary. An employment law and business attorney, Reed announced his candidacy in July.
The 22nd Congressional district includes much of southern Houston and southwestern suburbs, including Pearland and Sugar Land. Olson announced on July 25 that he is not seeking reelection.
The filing period for the 2020 primaries opens Nov. 9 of this year, and ends on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
The last day to register to vote in the 2020 primaries is Feb. 3, according to the Secretary of State’s office.