GATESVILLE — Marco Montoya of Leander and Stuart Gourd of Austin are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in U.S. House District 25, which reaches from Austin to Fort Worth, covering parts of 13 counties, including Coryell, Lampasas and Bell.

The winner March 4 will take on incumbent Republican Roger Williams, who faces no primary opposition.

An Army veteran, Montoya told supporters in Gatesville last month he would work to strengthen the economic bonds of Fort Hood with Central Texas.

Montoya said he would also seek to improve the educational opportunities for all Texans, if he is elected.

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Montoya moved with his family to the United States when he was a child. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen at age 16.

“Our nation faces many problems,” Montoya said. “I am running because I am dissatisfied with our lack of district representation. I want to address our national debt with a budget promoting an infrastructure for our economy, jobs and business growth.”

An Austin attorney, Gourd has worked as an unemployment hearing officer and hearing officer supervisor for the Texas Workforce Commission, according to his campaign website.

Gourd favors extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and opposes “corporate welfare.”

“I believe what you need is a representative who is not just a placeholder for entrenched interests,” Gourd said on the website. “You need a representative who is willing to introduce initiatives that will help average Texans.”

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I am quite happy with our current representative. Since I believe in my gun rights, do not believe in marxism, homosexual perversion, loss of freedom and since I don't hate this country or our constitution or in confiscatory taxation, I have no reason to vote for any democrat for any office.

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