Report: 7 people have filed to run for president in the Austin area

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Ted Cruz and Rick Perry aren’t the only ones from Texas in the upcoming presidential election.

Photo by Deborah Cannon

Photo by Deborah Cannon

No, we’re not talking about Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina or Jeb Bush, Texans whose political careers have led them outside the Lone Star State.

We’re talking about the 55 people who have used Texas addresses to file to run for president.

More than 500 people have registered with the Federal Election Commission to run, and according to a Dallas Morning News post this morning, over 10 percent of them used Texas addresses on their filing paperwork.

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Here is what we found out about the seven names who used Austin-area addresses to register:

• More than two years before Election Day, a Buda woman named Ruby Mei filed a statement to run in the 2016 presidential race as an independent candidate on July 14, 2014. A Google search returned no other results beyond her FEC filing, however.

• A self-described Austin entrepreneur named Esteban Oliverez filed on July 9, 2015 to run as a Republican. Unlike Mei, he does have an official online campaign presence, and in the month since his campaign video was posted to YouTube, it’s racked up more than 1.4 million views. You can watch it below:

• Renny Arcaya filed a statement using a Round Rock address Aug. 4 under the La Raza Unida Party, a third party originally founded in the late 1960s by Chicano activists.

• Uryan Nelson filed as an independent candidate on July 8 using a Leander address.

• Robert Donald Hanson filed as a Republican using a Georgetown address on Aug. 6.

(We were unable to find much beyond the FEC paperwork for Arcaya, Nelson and Hanson.)

Perry, the longest-serving governor of Texas, filed using an Austin address June 19.

• Michael McGregor Holt, the Austin gunman in the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown shooting that killed one man and resulted in his death, also filed as an independent candidate on June 9.

It should be noted that filing an FEC Form 2 Statement of Candidacy is the bare minimum and does not necessarily mean that a candidate will be on the ballot or that they are even campaigning.

Related reads: 

• A brief history of Texans who have run for president of the United States

• The 2016 presidential race: Meet the candidates

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