Abraham Says No To State Senate Run

June 9, 2008

Although his name has frequently been mentioned as a possible candidate in the Texas Senate District 17 race, veteran Sugar Land Councilman Thomas Abraham says he is not willing to give up serving on city council to run for another office at this time.

Abraham’s name was among a number of potential contenders mentioned in political circles as a possible successor to former State Sen. Kyle Janek. Janek resigned from the District 17 seat, which includes West University Place, just over a week ago.

When contacted by Fort Bend Now, Abraham confirmed that he had been encouraged by supporters to make a run, but feels he needs to focus on the issues facing Sugar Land for the foreseeable future.

“Yes, I had been fortunate to be asked by many community and elected officials to consider the position,” Abraham said. “But after checking the possibilities, I was told by the Attorney General that I must resign from the council before filing with the state. As you know, I got re-elected with the highest vote total in Sugar Land and the city is going through changes in leadership, so I decided to continue on city council for my citizens. I am not running for District 17 at this time.”

Two candidates have already formally announced they are running for Janek’s former seat in the state’s upper chamber. West University Place resident and former George H.W. Bush administration appointee Austen Furse and Harris County Republican precinct chair Grant Harpold have both announced their candidacy.

Other names frequently mentioned as possible candidates include Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, District 26 State Rep. Charlie Howard, District 137 State Rep. Scott Hochberg, former Harris County GOP chair Gary Polland and former gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell.

While not absolutely ruling out a run, Wallace has said he is currently focused on completing his term as mayor and will make no decision about any future political race until that term is over.

Bell has reportedly been encouraged to run, but has not yet made a decision. According to published reports in Austin, supporters like State Sen. Kirk Watson feel Bell’s name recognition could help put the seat into the hands of a Democrat for the first time in a number of years.

District 17 includes a good portion of eastern Fort Bend County, Sugar Land and Missouri City, as well as parts of Harris, Brazoria, Wharton, Galveston, Chambers and Jefferson counties.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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