Lukin Gilliland (photo)
Candidate for Congressional District 23
By Kelly Fero, Press Contact
(SAN ANTONIO) -- Longtime South Texas rancher and businessman Lukin Gilliland entered the race for the U.S. Congress in CD23, saying it's time to set a new direction for positive change.
"Washington's values are upside down," Gilliland said. "They need a healthy dose of traditional Texas values and can-do spirit on Capitol Hill."
Gilliland opened his official campaign account and seeded it with a $500,000 contribution to signal his commitment to run a competitive race.
"I will focus on the issues of critical concern in our communities," Gilliland said. "And I won't hesitate to defend myself or my supporters against the inevitable attacks from Washington D.C.-style politicians."
Current leaders in the nation's capital have failed to address a whole range of critical issues, Gilliland said, from health care reform and pension protection to energy independence and finding an exit strategy from the quagmire of civil war in Iraq.
A recognized leader, businessman, and rancher with a deep interest in land- and water-use issues, Gilliland said one of his top priorities is to secure the natural heritage of the region, which sprawls from South San Antonio to El Paso County.
His successful business career and tradition of community activism underscores his conviction that "government should lead, set priorities, work in partnership with private and volunteer sectors, and stand up for the majority, not just the few," Gilliland said.
Gilliland graduated from Alamos Heights High School in San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin, with a bachelor's degree in Government. He lives in San Antonio.