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Matt Farmer to run for Texas House District 64 seat as Democrat

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Staff report, Denton Record-Chronicle

Matt Farmer will publicly announce his candidacy for the District 64 seat in the Texas House of Representatives during an event at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square in downtown Denton, according to a news release issued by his campaign.

Farmer, 24, is seeking the seat currently held by state Rep. Lynn Stucky, R-Denton, who was elected in 2016. Farmer will seek the Democratic nomination during the March primaries leading up to the November election.

Farmer is a lifelong resident of North Texas and moved to Denton in 2012 when he started school at the University of North Texas. He graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in English writing and rhetoric with a double minor in communications and political science, according to the release.

For the past five years, he has been an employee at J&J's Pizza, where he also served as the restaurant's booking manager before the basement music venue closed last year. While at UNT, Farmer was a writing tutor for the university's TRiO program, helping low-income students, students with disabilities and students who were the first in their families to go to college.

Farmer, who has appointed Richard Furtick as his campaign treasurer, said that if elected, he plans to "invest in North Texans, to bring back local control, to fight for social justice and to dismantle the corruption that has long had a stranglehold on this district's political representation."