by Mark Reagan
State Rep. Mike Villarreal. Courtesy Photo.
State Rep. Mike Villarreal will stay on the Nov. 4 ballot in order to avoid a party appointment and allow district voters to choose a new representative.
Villarreal, who is running uncontested for the House seat, will step down before the 84th Legislature begins in January 2015, prompting a special election for House District 123, according to a news release. Villarreal will run for the San Antonio mayoral spot in May 2015 local election.
“I believe that the most democratic and transparent process is to allow all of the voters of District 123 to choose the person to represent them in the Texas Capitol,” Villarreal said.
If he resigned by Aug. 21, the Texas democrat precinct chairs in his district would appoint a candidate for the November election.
Among the issues Villarreal expects the 84th Legislature to tackle is school finance, a contentious fight that has spiraled into litigation.
Recently, a San Antonio judge ruled against Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is defending Texas in the suit, after he filed a motion seeking to recuse the presiding judge in the case, the Houston Chronicle reported. Abbott is running for governor.
On the legislative side, Villarreal said the school finance mechanism for allocating $65 billion to Texas districts should be redesigned.
“The decisions that the next legislature will make will be monumental,” Villarreal said.