AUSTIN, Texas — Round Rock resident, combat veteran and mother Mary Jennings (MJ) Hegar has officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas.

Hegar's veteran service comes from joining the Air Force after graduating from the University of Texas. She served on three tours in Afghanistan as a combat search-and-rescue and medevac pilot.

Hegar is running against nine other democratic candidates campaigning to win Sen. John Cornyn's spot. 


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The candidate ran a close race against Congressman John Carter back in the 2018 elections. 

When asked by KVUE's Ashley Goudeau in November why she is running for Senate and not House, Hegar said, "I believe that I'm in a position to unseat John Cornyn, who is one of our U.S. senators, and that he is absolutely really bad for Texas and not working for Texan families."

Hegar said she's ready to represent Texas.

“It is time to give Texans a leader who represents Texas values: strength, courage, independence, putting our families first – because we sure as heck don’t value the weakness, partisanship and gridlock that’s representing us now,” Hegar added.

Hegar has currently raised more than $2 million for her campaign so far, she said.

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