Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, announced he will run for Congress in Texas' 22nd District to convince voters not to be seduced by socialism, making him one of at least 18 candidates vying for the Republican nomination. 

In addition to coming from a political family, Bush is the CEO of the Houston nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, which helps connect vulnerable children with mentors. His run for Congress was disclosed by his father Neil Bush, who cited his son's nonprofit work and asked recipients to donate to the campaign.

"We face a very challenging time in our nation and, on the brink of losing a generation to an idea that socialism and free stuff, are the answers for their future," Pierce Bush said in a video announcing his campaign. "But we all know that socialism has failed everywhere and everyone. It's time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring that we all have the freedom to achieve success in life."

The 22nd District is currently represented by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, who announced that he would be retiring over the summer. 

“Protecting our future and preserving our exceptional nation are the reasons I first ran for Congress," he said at the time. "Now, it’s time for another citizen-legislator to take up this mission, not to make a career out of politics, but to help lead in the cause of empowering our people, defending our liberties, and making sure America remains the greatest nation in history.” 

Bush will begin his candidacy with substantial name recognition, but he will not be alone in seeking the GOP nomination. At least 17 others are seeking to run on the Republican Party ticket. At least some of these challengers have their own advantages.

GOP donor Kathaleen Wall, who spent $6 million of her own money running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District last year, will also be joining the race. At least three Democrats are seeking the Democratic nomination in the district as well.