Wednesday morning, former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington (pictured) formally announced his candidacy for State Senate District 28. Arrington had already done some campaigning in Tom Green County before Wednesday's announcement (July 2nd Meet & Greet with Tom Green Republican Party).

Senator Robert Duncan resigned from SD 28 last week to become the new Texas Tech University System Chancellor and there will be a Special Election to fill the seat.

“After much prayer, and with strong support from my wife, friends, and hard-­‐working families across the district, I’m humbled and excited to announce my candidacy for Texas Senate, and I’m encouraged by the early support we’ve received,” said Arrington.

He continued, “I have the utmost respect for Senator Duncan and feel it’s important that the people of District 28 continue to be represented by someone who shares their West Texas roots, conservative values and willingness to tackle the tough issues
and deliver results for every county in this district.”

Arrington's political career includes two different stints working for George W. Bush including as Special Advisory when Bush served as the 43rd President.

Arrington also worked for the Texas Tech University System in two different roles, first as Chief of Staff then as a Vice Chancellor from 2011-14.  Arrington resigned from Texas Tech in June of this year.

Arrington is a graduate of Plainview High School, Texas Tech University and Georgetown University. He lives in Lubbock with his wife Anne and their two children.

Arrington will have at least one opponent in the Special Election for SD 28: State Representative Charles Perry (R- Lubbock) has already announced he will run for the office.

Arrington also announced his choice for campaign treasurer: San Angelo businessman Steve Stephens.

Senate District 28 is comprised of 51 counties including Lubbock and most of the South Plains- going East to Childress County and to western Texoma and the city of Vernon, moving south to the Big County, except for most of Taylor County and continuing south to the Concho Valley, including Tom Green County and the city of San Angelo.

Governor Rick Perry will announce the details for the Special Election for SD 28 at a future date.