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Huffines Will Challenge Carona in SD-16 Primary

Dallas developer Donald Huffines, who has never run for office but comes from a well-known family, confirmed Monday that he will challenge state Sen. John Carona in next year's Republican primary.

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Dallas developer Donald Huffines will challenge state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, in next year’s Republican primary, he said Monday.

Huffines, a real estate developer who said he has never run for public office, repeatedly called Carona “too liberal for the district” in a short interview, and said he will run on a set of issues that includes term limits, immigration, transportation and economic development.

Asked why he decided to run, Huffines said, “I’m tired of being on the sidelines.”

The Huffines name is well known in Dallas. The candidate’s grandfather, father and now his brother have operated a car dealership there.

Carona was first elected to the Texas House in 1990 and has served in the Texas Senate since 1996. He is chairman of the Business and Commerce Committee. 

Carona, via email, had a one-line reaction: "I’m surprised Mr. Huffines is running as a Republican considering that he spent a small fortune attacking Republicans in the 2012 presidential campaign, but I welcome a thorough debate on the issues facing Texans."

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