McALLEN – With his family and supporters nearby, Edinburg native and health care businessman T.C. Betancourt submitted his application today for a place on the primary ballot at the Hidalgo County Democratic Party filing event held at Koko's Uptown restaurant. Betancourt will seek the District 40 House seat now being vacated by Republican Aaron Peña.

The primary election is set for March 6, 2012.

"I am excited to file my ballot application as a Democrat for the District 40 seat and continue my campaign journey to represent my hometown area in Austin." He went on to say, "The Edinburg-Pharr-Elsa community plays an important role in our South Texas economy. I believe that my years in health care and agriculture have provided me with many opportunities to see and learn first-hand how the political and government system operate - about what our people need and how I can help them as an effective legislator."

A federal court in San Antonio recently released temporary Texas house maps for next year's state legislative elections with Texas House District 40 now comprised of almost all of Edinburg, much of north Pharr and all of Elsa.

Betancourt says that the Republican Party has forgotten how to take care of South Texas. "Over the past several months, I have been meeting with many people in District 40 to remind them that the Republicans in control this last session cost us billions of dollars in critical funding over the next several years. This will have adverse affects on our jobs, education and health care."

He went on to say, "I intend to work hard and seek creative approaches to create good-paying jobs, affordable healthcare, offer more people the ability to access the education they want. These are the opportunities and benefits that I have provided our employees and families in Hidalgo County for the past decade. I can be trusted to fight for the people of South Texas."

Betancourt is the son of Lupe Betancourt, a Vietnam War veteran and former Elsa city councilman. Betancourt was born and raised in Edinburg with strong family roots in District 40. He is a product of the Edinburg CISD school system and graduated from Edinburg North High School in 1995. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In addition, he earned an MBA from University of Texas - Pan American in 2006.

Betancourt and his wife Ana started Elite Rehab Services in Edinburg six years ago, a regional outpatient therapy clinic specializing in occupational and speech services. In addition, they provide their clients with nutritional and social services. They service pediatric and adult clients throughout the South Texas area and in San Antonio. He is also involved in the operation of Betancourt & Co., a local-area produce company.