November 20, 2003
Ratliff resigns

It's official. He's departing on January 10. The Morning News answers a key question:

If Mr. Ratliff resigns early, it would trigger a special election to replace him. The Legislature is not scheduled to return in regular session until January 2005, but Mr. Perry has indicated plans to summon lawmakers back for a special session on school finance as early as next spring.

Among those mentioned as possible replacements for the seat are Rep. Tommy Merritt, R-Longview, and former Rep. Paul Sadler, a Democrat from Henderson. Former Tyler Mayor Kevin Eltife has also been mentioned among Republicans in the district as a possible candidate.

Merritt is a state rep, one of the ones who was slimed along with Ratliff by Free PAC in 2002. I'd expect this seat to remain Republican, but you never know.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 20, 2003 to The great state of Texas | TrackBack