El Paso business developer Jay Kleberg confirmed Sunday that he will run as a Republican in 2010 against state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso.

Kleberg, who until Friday worked for Verde Realty, said he would wait until his official campaign announcement to discuss more about the race.

Kleberg, 32, moved to El Paso five years ago, and the race for House District 78 will be his first run for public office.

Moody, 28, won election to the Texas House last year in a bruising race against Republican businessman Dee Margo.

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“I’m very proud of the record we had during the session, and I am dedicated to keep working for the people of El Paso and District 78,” Moody said.

Prior to Moody, Republican Pat Haggerty represented the district, which encompasses portions of Northeast El Paso and the city’s affluent West side.

Haggerty was the only Republican legislator from the border before Margo defeated him in the GOP primary last year.

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