Another Republican has announced a bid to replace Congressman Pete Olson in the 22nd Congressional District.

Retired Marine Jon Camarillo announced his bid last week, saying he is ready to continue his service to the United States.

“I am excited to enter the race for Congress because I know that we need servant leadership in this country more than ever,” he said. “My life choices have been driven by finding the best way to serve God, my family, my community and my country. And now I feel called to serve by running for public office in this critical time in our nation’s history.”

Camarillo grew up in the east end of Houston, attended Houston ISD schools and was a member of Life Tabernacle Church.

He attended Texas Southern University on a golf scholarship before joining the Marine Corps.

After graduating from Officer Candidate School, Camarillo served 20 years in the Marines, where he was deployed to the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Camarillo’s service during Operation Iraqi Freedom earned him the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat V device, an individual award highlighting actions during combat with valor.

Camarillo said he hopes to bring a conservative voice to D.C. to represent the 22nd Congressional District.

“We need to fight for pro-life policies, lower taxes, less spending, a strong military, secure borders and pro-growth economic policies,” he said. “As representative for the 22nd district, I will fight for these values and will apply my two decades of leadership and service to the challenges and tasks at hand.”

Camarillo is the 16th Republican to join the race to replace Olson, who announced earlier this year he was retiring. Three Democrats have also announced they are running for the nomination.

Voters will choose Republican and Democrat candidates in the March primary before choosing the next District 22 representative next November.

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