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2010: Another El Paso Republican to challenge Moody

El Paso Republican Rene Diaz invited us at The Texas Tribune this morning to join him on his "journey" as he runs for the Texas House. Diaz is going to run for the HD78 seat that Democrat Joe Moody now represents.

El Paso Republican L. Rene Diaz invited us at The Texas Tribune this morning to join him on his "journey" as he runs for the Texas House.

Diaz, 34, who is in the finance and sales industries, said he is going to run for the HD78 seat that Democrat Joe Moody now represents.

"First and foremost I want to return this seat to the Republican Party," said Diaz.

Before Moody, moderate Republican Pat Haggerty represented HD78 for two decades.

An El Paso native, Diaz said he wants to continue supporting law enforcement and that he is a believer in education.

"I want to leave something for my children, I want to be part of something greater and have something left for tomorrow," he said.

Diaz's entry into the HD78 fray means there are now three candidates, including the incumbent.

Diaz will face fellow political newcomer Jay Kleberg in the Republican primary.

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