The District 63 representative is not running again because of her husband's failing health, she said.
"My husband's health is not what it should be," said Ms. Denny, 57. "I've decided that it's time for me to retire to devote myself to him and our pursuits."
District 63 covers the majority of Denton County, including northern, western and southwestern portions.
Ms. Denny said her decision had nothing to do with either a stressful legislative session troubled by school finance issues or with the prospect of a contested election.
Two Republicans had already announced plans to run for her seat.During Ms. Denny's seven terms, she has worked on election, campaign and ethics reforms, according to a news release. She is also the chairwoman of the Texas House Elections Committee and a member of the Texas House committees on criminal jurisprudence and House administration.
Denton County Republican Chairwoman Dianne Edmondson said that Ms. Denny's announcement could bring out more candidates, though they would be getting a late start.Candidates can file for primary races between Saturday and Jan. 2. The primary election is March 7.
Denton County Democratic Chairwoman Edra Bogle said Monday that her party has a candidate who has been debating whether to run for the state Legislature or Congress. She said she hopes that candidate will run for the District 63 seat.
UPDATE: The Red State piles on.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 29, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack