"I made a commitment to the voters of District 22," she said at the start of today's regular council meeting. "It would be really wrong of me to say I don't want that vote and that responsibility."
Sekula-Gibbs, a Republican, beat out four other candidates in the special election to serve the remaining two months in U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's term.
She lost the general election to Democrat Nick Lampson, however, for a full two-year term as the District 22 representative. He will replace her in January.
She called Lampson this morning to congratulate him.
"It is a short job and people know that," Sekula-Gibbs said of her upcoming job.
She added that she still believes she can accomplish some improvements such as lowering taxes during that time.
As for another bid for the District 22 post, Sekula-Gibbs said she is focused on the current job.
"Certainly, 2008 is around the corner," she said. "I am not going to be campaigning at this juncture."
The write-in candidate, who received almost 61,000 votes in final, unofficial totals, thanked voters for learning how to spell her name.
Sekula-Gibbs said she will fly to Washington, D.C., tonight. She said she doesn't know when the special election results will be certified or when she'll step down from her council seat, but added, "I hope soon."
Since Sekula-Gibbs, an at-large council member, has another year left in her council term, the city could hold a special election to replace her.
There's already plenty of speculation about who will run to replace Shelley on City Council. I've heard that MJ Khan is not a candidate, and my educated guess is that Jay Aiyer is also not a candidate. Everybody else in that earlier piece and probably a few more are (as far as I know) still in the hunt. Once Shelley officially steps down and a special election is called for May, at which time the hopefuls can start raising money, we'll know who's a player and who's a pretender.
Shelley got 76,940 votes in the special, compared to 61,949 in the general. Her total barely exceeded Nick Lampson's 76,782 in the general. How many people deliberately voted only once for Shelley, and how many simply forgot to write her in afterwards is a question I can't answer. I'll say this: I at least would have voted for her in the special were I a CD22 resident, for the express purpose of getting her to resign from Council. I'll leave it up to you to decide how many others like me there are.
Will being able to call herself Congresswoman Sekula Gibbs give her an edge in 2008? I can only presume she thinks so, given the choices she's made. The next question is who is already planning to run against her in the GOP primary.
Finally, I'm sure some people believe Nick Lampson will be a one-term Congressman in CD22. Maybe that's true, but I'll tell you what: I thought for a long time after 2004 that Chet Edwards would not be able to duplicate his feat of winning in his DeLay-drawn district. He got 58% this time around. 2008 is a long time off, that's all I'm saying.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 08, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack