Barton already has challenger for 2014 GOP nomination

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At least one of the three men who tried in 2012 to pry the U.S. District 6 seat out of longtime Rep. Joe Barton’s hands says he plans to have another go at it next year.

Frank Kuchar, 60, an Arlington accountant, announced his candidacy Monday in Midlothian for the 2014 Republican primary. He finished third in last year’s primary, capturing just over 11 percent of the vote. Barton, with 63 percent, easily won the nomination without a runoff.

District 6 covers Navarro, Ellis and southern Tarrant counties, including Arlington and Mansfield. Barton, 63, who lives in Ennis, has held the seat since 1985.

At his campaign kickoff, Kuchar, who calls himself a “constitutional conservative” and a “conservative constitutionalist,” talked about “the ever-expanding role of the federal government, and the distance from the Constitution that the Republic has strayed,” according to a news release.

Barton, the news release said, “has been in Congress as the federal government’s annual budget has increased by 5 times and the national debt has increased by nearly 10 times.”

If elected, Kuchar vows to fight to restrain the government “to the confines of the limited government of the Constitution.”

Barton has a conservative rating of 62 percent, according to Heritage Action for America, which bases its scores on votes, co-sponsorships and other legislative activity. That’s tied for 21st among the Texas congressional delegation. The House average is 66 percent.

Barton’s campaign said Monday that having choices is good for voters.

“We welcome the competition,” campaign spokesman Craig Murphy said. “We have had it before.”

Patrick M. Walker, 682-232-4674 Twitter: @patrickmwalker1

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