CPA and TSCPA member Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) announced he was running for Sen. Robert Duncan's senate seat immediatly upon the announcment that Duncan was leaving the senate to become Texas Tech's chancellor. He now has competition in the race. Jodey Arrington, former Texas Tech vice chancellor and former assistant to President George W. Bush announced his candidacy for Duncan's seat. Arrington lives in Lubbock and is currently President of Scott Labs, a local healthcare technology company.
Eppie Garza of Wolfforth has also publicly announced his intention to run for the office. Garza ran against Duncan in the 2012 Republican Primary, but according to the Amarillo Globe News "did little campaigning, mainly because of his job responsibilities and lack of funds." Garza told the News "this time it will be different."
There will undoubtedly be others that will enter the race. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported "Lubbock banker and Tech Board of Regents member John Steinmetz, as well as outgoing Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein, have expressed an interest in running for the soon-to-be open seat but have not decided."