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Former Texas GOP chairman Allen West announces 2022 gubernatorial run

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Texas GOP Chairman Allen West announced he will run for governor against Gov. Greg Abbott in the 2022 race.

West made the announcement via video on Sunday during an appearance at Sojourn Church in Carrollton. The announcement comes on the heels of his state party chairman resignation, which will be effective July 11 when the State Republican Executive Committee will pick his successor.

"I've not been in elected political office for about a decade, but I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what is happening in these United States of America, … in the place that I call home," West said in the video.

West will run against incumbent Abbott and Dallas real estate developer Don Huffines. He could also possibly face off against potential challengers former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Matthew McConaughey, who have yet to confirm their run.

West hinted at a run when he resigned about a month ago, though there was speculation that he was after a higher position. West has had previous conflict with Abbott, notably criticized his COVID-19 response and believes that Abbott doesn't lean right enough.

During the video, West mapped out a platform that opposes the Green New Deal, seeks to secure the state's border and defend Texans from sex trafficking.

West has previously represented Florida in a congressional position from 2011-2013 and moved to Texas in 2014 to become the CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a now-defunct Dallas think tank.


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