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Nehls Tops Wall in Runoff for GOP Congressional Nomination


July 15, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls won his primary and will be the Republican nominee for the District 22 Congressional seat in the November election. Nehls, a long-time public servant for the greater Katy area, had a runoff against businesswoman Kathaleen Wall, who greatly outspent him.

Long-Time Katy Leader

For over 25 years, Troy Nehls has served Fort Bend County. Last night he beat out Kathaleen Wall in the runoff election, 70% - 30%, with 100% of precincts reporting. Congressional District 22 covers Fort Bend County and parts of Katy.

“We won!” Nehls announced on his official Facebook page. “What a journey this campaign has been. I’m overwhelmed and humbled by y’all’s support and faith.”

This was Wall’s second attempt for the nomination. The wealthy businesswoman outspent Nehls by millions in a self-funded campaign.

"I'm going to stay focused," said Nehls. "I believe I'm the best candidate. I have the proven track record in this district, and so, we're really looking forward to dealing with our opponent in November and look forward to the outcome. We're going to stay positive, remain focused and talk about the issues."

A Veteran Raised to Serve

Nehls served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of major. During his time in the military, Nehls was deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan and received two Bronze Star medals. He's also a life member and former commander of VFW Post 3903 in Rosenberg.

Nehls comes from a long line of public servants. His father Edwin Nehls and older brother Todd Nehls both served as the elected Sheriff of Dodge County, Wisconsin. His twin brother Trevor currently serves as an elected constable in precinct 4.

Troy and Jill Nehls with their daughter Tori

Nehls has worked in Fort Bend County since 1994. This is also his home, and where his family is very involved in the community. He and his wife Jill have three girls, 18, 13, and 6.

Sights Set on Washington

“Now the real work begins and I can’t be more excited to continue this journey with y’all,” says Nehls. “God bless and thank you.”

Nehls will face off against Democrat Sri Preston Kulkrani in the election, Tuesday November 3.


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