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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Richard Perez for State Representative?

Ken Rodriguez' new column seems to think so. Click the link, the whole column's worth reading, but here's the jist of it. State Rep. Carlos Uresti runs for State Senate against Frank Madla- which Rodriguez writes, according to friends of Uresti, is all but a formality now- leaving his seat open. City Councilman Richard Perez, fresh off his stellar negotiating job with soon-to-be city manager, Sheryl Sculley, then resigns his seat on City Council and runs for Urest's old seat. I actually speculated about this in mid-June, but now it looks for real.

Here's some problems, from a very rough, initial look, Perez' city council district doesn't necessarily encompass very much of Uresti's district (warning, both links PDF). Uresti's district is also probably the least Democratic- Carole Keaton Rylander Strayhorn won the district and Susan Combs almost won it- of the eight Democratic districts here in San Antonio. So without a very strong base in that district, he's going to have a tough fight, especially if a well-funded Republican hops in the race. Finally, HD 118 is almost entirely in CD 28. A tough fight there, and in the Bexar County portion of SD 19, is sure to give Ciro Rodriguez a boost. The likely boost in turnout with multiple campaigns for three offices may also give an unknown the opportunity to run well in HD 118.

But the Jeff hopes he hops in. He's a smart, savvy guy and we could use more like him on every level. We'll keep you updated here on any further developments in this race. Of course, the question now becomes, who takes over Perez' council seat should he run? Rumors have it that Julian Castro campaign manager Philip Cortez, a 2001 candidate for this seat who lost to Perez in a run-off, was looking to run again. Would he be able to get the appointment from city council should Perez resign? Also, correct me if I'm wrong on this, but the city charter lets you serve for two elections on city council which means that- should Perez run- whoever is appointed would be able to serve slightly longer than the normal two, two-year terms that a city councilperson normally gets.