Nueces County Democratic Party Chair Rose Meza Harrison last week announced she would be running for her party’s nomination in the hopes of unseating District 27 U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold in 2012.

Harrison formally announced her candidacy during the party’s meeting, which was attended by precinct chairs and elected officials belonging to the Democratic Party. Among those present were District Attorney Mark Skurka, 214th District Court Judge Jose Longoria and Precinct 5 Constable Dionicio “Don” Ysassi and District 20 Texas Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.

Former Nueces County Commissioners Betty Jean Longoria and Peggy Banales, longtime members of the Democratic Party, were also in attendance.

During her speech, Harrison criticized Farenthold’s alignment with the Tea Party, which she blamed for the recent political gridlock in Washington D.C. during debt ceiling negotiations.

“Government is a force for positive change in our lives if it is run efficiently and effectively,” she said.

Harrison said despite the overwhelming number of Republicans elected to major offices in local, state and national contests last year, she feels voters are tired of the growing discord in the nation’s capitol.

“I feel the tide can be turned because of what’s going on in Washington D.C. right now with the Tea Party hindering progress,” she said.

Harrison has been an assistant county attorney since 2007, and has been Democratic Party Chair since May 2010.

Also at last week’s meeting, Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Oscar Mendoza announced his intention to seek the party’s nomination in March’s Primary Election in order to unseat Republican Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin.

Mendoza, who resides in the Calallen area, has been with the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office in Robstown for 20 years.