(PoliticalLookout.com)- A top adviser for former President Donald Trump is looking to make her own political inroads.
Katrina Pierson, who served as a spokesperson for Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and was a top adviser for him in 2020, plans to file for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in Texas.
That seat has been left vacant since Republican Representative Ron Wright succumbed to coronavirus earlier in the year. The district it represents is just southeast of Fort Worth, and covers rural Navarro and Ellis counties.
Sources close to Pierson said the Tea Party activist is building a team for her campaign ahead of her official announcement that she’s running. She’s expected to make a final decision on whether to enter her name in the race should happen in the next day or so, the source said.
In the meantime, she’s apparently speaking with one of the top Republican consulting firms regarding her plans to enter the race.
If Pierson does enter the race, the sources said she’s expected to garner support from Trump, which would be a huge boost to her reputation and her chances to win the seat. Pierson sent a text message to reporters from The Hill on Sunday, which read:
“There is a lot of excitement about my potential candidacy, and I am honored to have so much local support. As a proven conservative fighter, from my home state of Texas, I remain committed to furthering the America First agenda. I was with President Trump long before the historic escalator ride, and I remain with him still. I will make my final decision within the next 48 hours.”
Those candidates who wish to fill the seat left vacant by Wright have until Wednesday of this week to file their paperwork to officially run. A proclamation was issued by Republican Governor Greg Abbott last week that officially declared Wright’s seat vacant. That means that a primary election will be held on May 1.
The district that the seat represents has traditionally voted for Republicans, but the margin has narrowed in recent years. In 2012, Mitt Romney won the district by garnering nearly 58% of the total vote. In 2016, Trump won with 54% of the vote, but then only garnered 51% of the vote in 2020.
If Pierson does indeed decide to run, she’s likely to have competition on the Republican ticket. Wright’s widow, Susan Wright, is planning to run for the seat. So, too, is Sery Kim, who at one point served in Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Also officially announcing his candidacy is state Representative Jake Ellzey, who narrowly lost a seat back in 2018. Ellzey is a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pierson challenged Representative Pete Sessions in 2014 but fell short. Some of her critics say that she doesn’t live in the district in which she is running. But, that apparently won’t stop her from pressing forward.
Wright died on February 7 at only 67 years ago. His death came only a few weeks after he contracted coronavirus and only a few months after he won re-election to his second term.