Sugar Land Mayor Noncommittal On District 17 Senate Run

June 6, 2008

While he is not ruling out a run for the Texas Senate District 17 race, Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace says he is currently remaining focused on completing his term and taking of city business until his successor his elected.

Wallace has been among a number of names frequently mentioned in political circles as possible successors to former State Sen. Kyle Janek, who resigned last week. When contacted, Wallace said he will not consider any future political race until his term as mayor is over.

“I am going to continue to stay focused on finishing my term as mayor and once this is completed (on) July 1st, I will start discussing what my next public sector steps will be,” Wallace said when contacted by Fort Bend Now. “I am sure that you can understand that my attention needs to remain on the City of Sugar Land until a new mayor is elected and sworn in.”

Wallace did not seek another term as Sugar Land’s mayor. Former council members James “Jimmy” Thompson and Daniel Wong are currently in a runoff to see who will succeed Wallace.

Early voting in the runoff begins Monday and runs through June 17. The election day is June 21.

Two candidates have already formally announced they are running for Janek’s former seat in the state senate. 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 Councilman Thomas Abraham, District 26 State Rep. Charlie Howard and former gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell.

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.

Janek announced in January that he would step down from the senate, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He formally resigned last week, giving his letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Perry during a luncheon in Austin.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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