GREENVILLE – Four-term State Senator and board-certified family physician Bob Deuell MD has two challengers for the March 4 Senate District 2 Republican Primary election.
District 2 includes all of Rockwall County, as well as eastern Dallas County, Hunt, Hopkins, Rains, Delta, Fannin, Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties.
According to papers filed by Monday’s deadline, ex-police officer and therapist for the blind, Mark Thompson of Mesquite; and Bob Hall of Canton, a former US Air Force officer and retired government proposal writing consultant, are seeking to replace Deuell.
Hall campaigned against Sen. Deuell two years ago until he was disqualified by the State Republican Party for missing the filing deadline due to incomplete paperwork. Hall protested and claimed he should have been contacted about the paperwork problems before the deadline passed but the State Party ruled against him.
This will be Thompson’s first attempt to run for public office. Both challengers claim on their websites to be more conservative than Sen. Deuell .
Thompson says, if elected, he will fight to:
Hall says he wants to:
Sen. Deuell was first elected in November, 2002, and took office in January, 2003.
He currently serves as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee and vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. He also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. He is past chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus.
He was named to Texas Monthly Magazine’s “Ten Best Legislators” list in 2007 and was recognized again for his work during the 81st Legislative Session. In addition, Sen. Deuell has received the Defender of Life award from the Texas Alliance for Life. He is A+ rated by the National Rifle Association.
Sen. Deuell is well-known as a conservative Republican and for legislation he has authored including:
By J.J. Smith