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State Representative Celia Israel D-Austin announced on Wednesday that she would not be running and would instead explore a run for mayor of Austin next year.
“The heart of a city is people from all walks of life working together and learning from each other,” Israel wrote on social media. “This is why I am proud that the founding nucleus of my Scoping Committee is diverse, with a wide range of lived experiences.”
Israel has represented House District 50 since 2014. The Austin-based district is a safe Democrat, though its boundaries are subject to change ahead of the 2022 election due to the ongoing legislative redistribution process.
Israel has championed the LGBTQ community in the lower house, helping to launch the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus in 2019. Republican Elections Bill.
Austin’s mayoral election is being held at the same time as next year’s legislative elections. Outgoing mayor Steve Adler is on a limited term, and Israel has weighed an offer to succeed him, along with other potential candidates such as former state senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
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