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State Senator Eliot Shapleigh to Not Seek Re-Election in 2010


by: Phillip Martin

Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 10:47 AM CDT


Breaking news from KDBC in El Paso:

Today, October 16, 2009 at 12:00 p.m., at Senator Eliot Shapleigh's District Office, Senator Shapleigh will host a press conference announcing that he will not seek re-election to the Texas Senate in 2010.

"In our family, public service is the highest calling. While other public service may lie ahead, I will not run for the Texas Senate in 2010. During each day of the last decade, we have endeavored to do our very best for the people of our great community and state. In public life, especially in Texas during this decade, doing what's right, not what's expedient is what matters. I am grateful to the people who elected me for the opportunity to serve."

The press conference is at noon (mountain time, 1pm CST). KVIA in El Paso is saying they'll have the story on their website (www.kvia.com) at that time -- my guess is they'll run the press conference.

No word, yet, on Senator Shapleigh's future plans. The seat is a solid Democrat seat, though -- and I'm sure in the coming days we'll hear announcements on Democrats who would like to take Sen. Shapleigh's place in the upper chamber.

More as it develops...

 Update (by Michael) Brandi Grissom gives us a few pieces of news via twitter.  First, these two tweets tell us that we will hear about Senator Shapleigh's plans for higher office in 2.5-3 weeks, and that the higher office may be a statewide one.  As for his replacement in the Senate - the early candidates are Rep. Joe Picket, Rep. Norma Chavez, and El Paso County Attorney Jose Rodriguez.

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Shapleigh (3.00 / 1)
Senator Shapleigh was a strong advocate on a score of issues in the legislature.  I wish him luck in whatever is next.

"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write."  -  John Adams

I wish Senator Shapleigh the best (0.00 / 0)
He was a very good Senator and advocate for the people in his district.

One of our best progressive voices (0.00 / 0)
I hope he is considering running for lieutenant governor, or some other statewide office.

Afflicting the comfortable via...

I agree (0.00 / 0)
I was going to say Governor just for S&G, but Lt Governor would be perfect, considering he is a Senator. But it'd be hard up against Dewhurst.

[ Parent ]
HE SHOULD RUN STATEWIDE. (3.00 / 1)
Sorry to shout, but HE SHOULD RUN STATEWIDE. Maybe for Lieutenant Governor. Hell, for Governor, even. Get in the game, Shapleigh!

I'm not a player, I just Tweet a lot: @KathTX

Yes... (0.00 / 0)
I completely agree. Statewide, statewide, statewide. And I think LG would be a perfect position for him, too.

[ Parent ]
Please... (3.00 / 3)
...let it be Lt. Governor. He'd be amazing.

Shapleigh fo AG (0.00 / 0)
Enough Said!  Shapleigh for AG!

Border Texas, liberal Dallas, Austin & Hispanic Houston are behind him...


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