For the first time in three decades, the 6th Congressional District in north Texas is an open seat. The race to replace longtime Rep. Joe Barton of Ennis, who announced he wouldn’t seek another term amid a scandal last year, touched off one of the most crowded Republican primary races in Texas.
As 11 Republicans campaign for their party’s nomination in the district that stretches from Arlington through Ellis and Navarro counties, they are offering voters a pointedly conservative agenda. On issue after issue, the 10 men and one woman offer little daylight between them, with differences in emphasis and style more than policy goals.
At a forum in Ennis hosted by the CD6 Coalition for the Constitution, the candidates took turns taking the stage in groups of three to answer questions over three hours on a recent, rainy Saturday.