Republican candidate James Duerr said he made the decision to seek the office of District 27 U.S. Representative after coming to the belief that the district has lost its representation in Washington D.C.
"I was unhappy with what Solomon Ortiz is doing in Congress. I think he's lost his way along the years and doesn't really have the true motivation anymore to help the general welfare of our citizens," Duerr said. "We need somebody who has a stake in this area and really wants to improve the education and job opportunities of the citizens of District 27."
A lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, Duerr has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and currently works as a consultant for an engineering firm. He and his wife have been married for 25 years and have two children, one in college and one in high school.
Duerr said his experience as a member of the Del Mar College Board of Regents and the Nueces County Appraisal District board has taught him valuable lessons about community service. On the appraisal board, Duerr led the fight to end a plan to build a new appraisal district building.
"I was very much against spending that much money in a time of economic downturn," Duerr said. "I wanted to save the taxpayers dollars, and I didn't want to hurt the downtown commerce by moving that many people out of downtown."
Duerr said he believes most voters in Nueces County are mainly concerned about the loss of jobs, and he has a plan to bring jobs back to the area.
"The quickest way to regain the thousands of jobs that have been lost in Texas in the energy sector, and to gain thousands more is to make natural gas more of an integral part of our national energy policy," Duerr said. "We have abundant natural gas, clean natural gas. We need to be the driving force in South Texas to convert more vehicles to natural gas and to find more uses for natural gas."
Along with developing natural gas use, Duerr said he would work with local institutions of higher learning to expand programs to educate engineers on energy development.
"Once you get more of an educated workforce, companies will relocate where the workforce is," Duerr said. "So if we can produce more educated citizens out there we can get companies to relocate to South Texas."
What sets him apart from the other candidates in the Republican Primary, Duerr said, is his public service and desire to fight for what he believes in.
"I think it's my proven ability, through tenacity, to fight for the citizens, as I did to get that $2.4 million refunded from the appraisal district," Duerr said. "We really need somebody who's not just going to go up there and cast votes. We need somebody with a vision."