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Republican Nelson Jarrin to Challenge James Talarico in Texas House District 52

Updated: Feb 4

Round Rock, TX – Today, Republican attorney and nonprofit executive Nelson Jarrin (R-Round Rock) launched his campaign to unseat incumbent State Representative James Talarico (D-Round Rock). Talarico has represented District 52 in the Texas House of Representatives since 2018 – a portion of southeastern Williamson County that includes Hutto, Taylor, and Round Rock.

“I’m excited to announce my campaign for State Representative, and I am committed to ensuring that our community remains the best place in Texas to live, work, and raise a family,” said Jarrin. “House District 52 is a vibrant and diverse community where people from all walks of life want our businesses to prosper, our streets to be safe, and our schools to provide a quality education for our children. The people of this district deserve a state representative who will show up every day ready to fight for their values, their livelihoods, and their families in the Texas House.”

The son of an Ecuadorian immigrant, Nelson is a proud Texan and a lifelong Republican. He currently serves as Vice President and Counsel for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a nonprofit policy organization that works to improve the delivery of mental health services to some of our most vulnerable Texans, including children and veterans.

Nelson previously served as the Legislative Director and General Counsel for State Senator Charles Schwertner, who has represented Williamson County since 2012. As one of Schwertner’s most trusted advisors, Nelson managed the Senator’s legislative agenda, specializing in healthcare, tax policy, transportation, and the state budget. Before joining Schwertner’s team, Nelson served as an attorney at the Texas Legislative Council, the nonpartisan state agency that supports the members of the Texas Legislature by drafting proposed legislation and amendments.

“James Talarico is using his office to push the same failed, liberal policies as the Austin City Council,” continued Jarrin. “Talarico has voted to defund the police, voted against a ban on homeless encampments in public places, and voted against a ban on a statewide income tax. Despite the seriousness of the Biden Administration’s ongoing immigration crisis, Talarico called border security funding ‘wasteful.’”

Talarico’s latest publicity stunt is fleeing the state of Texas to derail a commonsense voter integrity bill supported by an overwhelming majority of Texans. He has yet to return to the district.

“James Talarico has abandoned his duties and abandoned our district,” continued Jarrin. “Since fleeing the state on a private jet more than three weeks ago, Talarico has shown he cares more about preening for cable news interviews and growing his Twitter following than showing up for work and doing the job the voters elected him to do. Our community is sick of ambitious politicians who care more about posing for photo ops and climbing the political ladder than fighting for our families and defending our way of life. It’s time for new leadership in House District 52.”

Nelson earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. During his time at Notre Dame, he served as President of the Hispanic Law Students Association. Before law school and his work in the private sector, Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Nelson is a graduate of Leadership Round Rock and active member of the local community. He lives in Round Rock with his wife Kristin, a registered nurse, and their young daughter, Noelle, a student in Round Rock ISD. They attend Celebration Church in Williamson County.