One of Lubbock’s state representatives will have competition in next year’s Republican primary.

District 83 State Representative Charles Perry announced his bid for reelection Thursday on Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, prior to a formal announcement made Thursday afternoon.

According to the Republican Party of Texas website, Perry has a challenger in the March 4th Republican Primary.

Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees President Steve Massengale filed to run against Perry on Thursday with the Republican Party of Texas.

Massengale owns a promotional products company in Lubbock. Perry is a Certified Public Accountant and has served in the District 83 seat since 2011.

Massengale reportedly did not discuss his plans to run for the seat as a Republican with the Lubbock County Republican Party.

Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Carl Tepper discussed the issue with KFYO Thursday afternoon.

When asked if Massengale had contacted the LCRP prior to filing to run in the primary, Tepper said “No, but welcome to the race…he’s running as a Republican, right?”

Tepper said “Usually I’ll hear from a candidate, and usually we’ll talk about some of the formalities of filing that they need to do, appointing a treasurer and those sort of formalities, but I had not heard from Mr. Massengale about filing.”

Massengale has not made a formal campaign announcement as of yet.

As always, we’ll bring you more on this race throughout the election season.