(4/5/2004) Star-Telegram Recommends Wohlgemuth in CD17 Runoff
Early voting begins today in the April 13 primary runoff elections for Congress, the Texas House and the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.
All the candidates deserve recognition and thanks for their desire to serve in political office. It is too often a thankless and frustrating experience.
In the race for U.S. House District 17, which runs from Hood and Johnson counties southeastward to Brazos County, Arlene Wohlgemuth of Burleson and Dot Snyder of Waco are vying for the Republican nomination.
The winner will face U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco in the Nov. 2 general election. Redistricting by the Legislature put the incumbent from the 11th Congressional District in the newly configured 17th District.
During her 10 years in the Texas House representing Johnson, Bosque and Somervell counties, Wohlgemuth developed qualities that are sorely needed in Congress: leadership, pragmatism and negotiation ability.
Her pivotal role in reorganizing the state’s health and human services agencies in the last legislative session — saving the state $1.1 billion in the process — will serve taxpayers well when she applies those same skills in Washington.
Wohlgemuth’s years in public office have matured the commercial pilot and flight instructor, whose early political life was marked by dogmatic stubbornness. She has learned that change doesn’t come overnight and that it may never occur without compromise.
The Star-Telegram recommends Arlene Wohlgemuth in the Republican primary runoff for U.S. House District 17.
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