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HORSESHOE BAY — Boosting the economy is one of the biggest challenges facing the country today, according to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

"If you don’t have a strong economy, you don’t have a place at the table," Tom Leppert said Nov. 9.

The long-time businessman and former Dallas mayor recently announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat held by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who plans to retire in January 2013.

PHOTO: Former Dallas mayor turned U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert spoke in Horseshoe Bay at the Escondido clubhouse on Nov. 9. Staff photo by Raymond V. Whelan

Leppert spoke to residents and reporters at the Escondido clubhouse.