Bennett Ratliff is jumping into the race to replace state Rep. Jim Jackson, R-Carrollton, in the Texas House.
Ratliff, an engineer, has been on the Coppell school board for eight years. He'll run as a Republican, in keeping with his political DNA. His brother, Thomas Ratliff, is a Republican member of the State Board of Education, and their father, Bill Ratliff, was a Republican lieutenant governor and state senator from Mount Pleasant.
Jackson announced this week that he won't seek re-election after eight years in the House and 30 on the Dallas County Commissioner's Court.