State Rep. Vicki Truitt drew a primary challenger today as Giovanni Capriglione announced his candidacy for the District 98 seat. Truitt is the first member of the Tarrant County delegation to the state legislature to attract an opponent in the March 2010 primary.
Capriglione, 36, lives in Southlake and is a vice president with a small business investment company in Richardson. This is his first time running for public office, he said. He's in the process of setting up his campaign web site but his Twitter feed is up and running.
Truitt, a Southlake Republican, was one of the strongest proponents for a transportation funding package in the most recent legislative session. As some Republicans lawmakers and conservative groups criticized the measure, Truitt continued to push for it, acknowledging that it might lead to her attracting a primary opponent. The measure eventually failed.
At a rally on the Capitol steps in May, Truitt said, "I live in one of the most Republican districts in the state of Texas. Do you think I would be here if my people didn’t want this? They want it. And that’s why I’m willing to fall on the sword over it."
In his press release announcing his candidacy, Capriglione repeatedly criticizes efforts to place new taxes and fees on Texas residents. He is also opposed to "contemplated rail systems doomed to being delayed, over-budget and under-used," according to the release.