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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Breaking News: Richard Perez Not Running For HD-118

From Jaime Castillo over at the Express-News:

City Councilman Richard Perez said today he will not seek the state legislative seat being vacated by Carlos Uresti, despite the strong urging of influential local Democrats who now must scramble to find a candidate before the March primary.

"I know that I'll probably disappoint some folks with my decision," Perez said, "but I hope it will be erased by the realization that I'll be around (on City Council) for 18 more months."

Perez, who will make an official announcement tonight to supporters at his annual Christmas party, said it was a difficult decision that required "a lot of soul searching."

In the days since Uresti announced his intention to challenge state Sen. Frank Madla, Perez said he has been inundated with calls from Democatic leaders, including County Judge Nelson Wolff and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, trying to convice him to run. But the 38-year-old councilman said he did not want to make the race for the wrong reasons if his heart wasn't truly in it.

"The state is not what I'm looking for right now," he said.

His reasoning should come as no surprise, which is probably why we like him so much. Perez' Masters in Public Administration has an emphasis on city management and he was an Assistant to the City Manager in Laredo. Some people just have more of a preference for one level of government than another. It'd be akin to John Sharp running for US Senate at this point and time.

So now the field's wide open. Anyone care to throw some names out?