For Congress: Ron Wright knows Arlington best

Arlington Republican Ron Wright has waited 18 years to serve his city in Congress.

For 11 years, he served as district director and then as chief of staff under now-retiring U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, learning the ins and out of Washington. When he came home as tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County, he was still expected to run for Congress someday.

As a 30-year Arlington resident and a city councilman for eight years, Wright knows the city and its needs. For example, he speaks knowledgeably about General Motors’ SUV assembly plant, the jobs it brings to Arlington and the potential impact of a change in federal fuel economy standards.

Make no mistake: He is even more conservative than Barton, particularly on tightening immigration restrictions and on whether Dreamer students born elsewhere but raised and educated here should be allowed to stay. We differ with him on that.

Like Barton, he has said he will join the intransigent House Freedom Caucus. That is a drawback and will hurt his ability to build alliances as a freshman lawmaker.

Waxahachie Democrat Jana Sanchez has run a more energetic campaign focused on national issues such as healthcare. Both candidates oppose using the government’s power of eminent domain to take private land in Ellis and Navarro counties for a planned high-speed rail line from Fort Worth or Dallas to Houston.

But Wright clearly knows more about Arlington, east and south Tarrant County and the people of District 6.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board endorses Ron Wright for U.S. Representative, District 6.