State Sen. Sylvia Garcia says she's running for Congress

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - Texas State Sen. Sylvia Garcia announced Tuesday that she will run for Congress.

The Houston Democrat tweeted that she will seek the District 29 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Gene Green.

“I want to continue fighting for working families, quality education for Texas children, access to health care for all and immigration reform,” Garcia said in her tweeted statement. “We need a champion for the people in Washington to stand up against Trump and fight for what matters. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

President of Riceland Healthcare Tahir Javed, of Beaumont, announced he is also launching a bid for Green's seat.

"We need a real fighter in Congress, which is why I have filed to run," Javed said in a written statement. "I will stand up to Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and the powerful special interests who have polluted our politics."

Green, a Democrat from Houston, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

This story will be updated with more details soon.

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