This isn't the first time that Marc Veasey and Carlos Quintanilla have squared off in a Democratic primary for Texas Congressional District 33.
Veasey, 47, the incumbent from Fort Worth, has easily defeated Quintanilla, a Dallas political activist, in the last two election cycles.
Veasey expects voters to go to the polls for March 6 primary.
"I think the Democratic base is going to turn out this year," Veasey said. "There's more enthusiasm, more contested primaries. There are Democrats running for seats where the seat hasn't been before. I'm feeling encouraged. I feel like I'll get out the vote."
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Quintanilla, 60, didn't respond to phone messages or emails requesting an interview.
He hasn't filed a campaign finance disclosure for this election, while Veasey had $529,466 cash on hand in his latest report, which covered through Jan. 31.
District 33 covers parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties. In Tarrant County, the district includes parts of Arlington, Forest Hill, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Saginaw, Sansom Park and all of Everman. The two-year term pays $174,000 a year.
On his campaign Facebook page, Quintanilla said that he supports Medicare for all and that his first piece of legislation would allow veterans access to any healthcare facility, not just those they currently qualify for. He would also file an immigrant reform bill "that would provide hope and tranquility to immigrant families" but not an immediate path to citizenship.
While he has been known for speaking out for Latinos, Quintanilla said he would fight for everyone in District 33.
"I fight injustices no matter who it affects because injustice is not acceptable, it is repugnant and must be always challenged, and that I will do," Quintanilla said.
Veasey said his top priority is education and career training. He also said it's crucial that the curriculum keep pace with new technology demands.
"The biggest issue I see in our district is jobs, better-paying manufacturing jobs," Veasey said.
With a large immigrant population in his district, Veasey said it's critical that a long-term solution be found on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for so-called Dreamers.
Before the Senate blocked four immigration proposals on Thursday, Veasey said reaching a consensus would also be difficult in the House.
"It's really a lack of Republican will and leadership," Veasey said. "Now is really the time for (House Speaker) Paul Ryan to do something for Dreamers. The votes are there, but Paul Ryan has to put something on the floor even if a majority of Republicans don't want it. "
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Willie Billups in the November general election.