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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Madla Running for Re-Election

Via the Express-News:

Quelling rumors that he might not seek re-election to a fourth term, Texas Sen. Frank Madla announced today that he will run for his District 19 seat in 2006.

"There was never any question in my mind about what I was going to do," Madla said after a news conference at the Holiday Inn Market Square. "I decided to announce it now to put the rumors to rest."

Madla, who has served 11 years in the Senate, said he has "unfinished business" to take care of at the Texas Legislature, including securing more funding for poor West Texas school districts and finalizing the creation of a Texas A&M campus on the South Side of San Antonio.

"With my seniority, the breadth of experience from serving over three decades in the Legislature, and the relationships I have forged with Democratic and Republican colleagues, I am perfectly positioned to facilitate resolutions to these and other important issues," he said.

There was speculation among political observers that had Madla decided not to run for re-election, several state representatives may have sought the seat. They include state Reps. Robert Puente and Carlos Uresti, both of San Antonio, and Pete Gallego of Alpine. On Tuesday, Madla issued a challenge to any seeking his seat.

"Any serious challenger has to start moving around today," he said.

Seems like he wants someone to challenge him, eh? Well, unless Puente and Gallego have a change of heart, the only one who is left to challenge Madla is Uresti, let's see what he decides to do.