Updated 06:14 PM EDT, Mon, May 17, 2021

George P. Bush Steps onto Political Stage with Run for Texas Land Commissioner

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The Republican Party in Texas is fielding a new candidate that may appeal to the growing Latino voter base in that state. George P. Bush, nephew of the former president and son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, has filed to run for Texas Land Commissioner.

George P. Bush is the son of Mexican-born Columba Bush, and is a co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas. He is married to attorney Amanda Bush and lives in Fort Worth.

On the top of his list of priorities is education in the Lone Star State.

"After graduation from college, I taught at a low income inner-city high school and I saw firsthand the challenges we must overcome to restore American's greatness as a world leader," Bush wrote on his campaign Web site.

"My time as a teacher certainly helped define my views about education. I taught U.S. and World History in a school where many my students were children of migrant farm workers or working-class parents struggling to make ends meet. I lost several students to teenage pregnancy and others to lack of motivation and family support."

The young Bush already has a plethora of high-level endorsements on his side going into the campaign.

"All you have to do is look at his record of service and accomplishment," said US Rep. Bill Flores (R) in endorsement. "His combination of service in the private sector, in our military, and for charity shows his commitment to Texas. George represents the best of Texas. He is a person of character and integrity and determination. He is also a member of a new generation of rising leaders that will keep Texas in its unique place in our country."

This puts another Latino Republican on the front page of Texas politics, a move that many see as necessary to keep Texas in the Red side of the spectrum.

"He has strong support for two distinct reasons, family ties and because the Republican establishment realizes that Texas is an increasingly Hispanic state, and if the Republican Party is going to be successful, they need to have Hispanic candidates," said Mark P. Jones of Rice University to the UPI.

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