A Republican candidate has tossed her hat in the ring for the state representative seat currently held by Democrat Abel Herrero of Robstown.

Connie Scott, the former executive director for Bay Area Citizens for Lawsuit Abuse, said if elected next November, she would focus on the issues that affect working families in the district, such as reducing homeowners' property taxes, bringing more tax dollars back to the district for local schools and colleges, and holding the line on taxes.

Scott, 46, of Calallen, said she is running for District 34 state representative because she believes a change in leadership is needed for the district.

It is her first campaign for political office.

"Together, we can do better. Together, we can build a better community," said Scott, a native of Luling. "Our community faces many difficult problems. Our schools are struggling to educate our children while small business owners are overburdened with higher taxes and unnecessary regulations. It's time for a change in leadership."

Scott had been executive director for Bay Area Citizens for Lawsuit Abuse for 10 years until recently, where she fought for medical malpractice reform. She said more doctors are practicing in the Coastal Bend because of her efforts.

Scott has been married to businessman Mike Scott of Corpus Christi for five years. The couple has four daughters and three grandsons.

A campaign staffer for Scott said he doesn't anticipate that Scott will have an opponent for the Republican nomination and that Scott has begun a door-to-door campaign in the district.

House district 34 has about 140,000 residents. The district extends from downtown Corpus Christi to the western border of Nueces County and includes most of the county, including all of Agua Dulce, Annaville, Banquete, Bishop, Calallen, Driscoll, Petronila and Robstown.