Farabee not running for re-election

Democratic State Rep. David Farabee is not running for re-election to his Wichita Falls House seat.

David Farabee is taking his hat out of the ring in the race for the State Representative District 69 — Wichita Falls mayor Lanham Lyne is throwing his in.

Farabee told the Times Record News Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the post he’s held almost 12 years.

“It was a goal of mine for some time to serve 12 years. When we had a change of leadership in the House, I considered an additional term. Then I revisted my plans and decided to stick with my original life goals,” Farabee said.

Farabee, a Democrat, said he had pretty well made up his mind against running in May, “but I wanted to visit with certain people and I have done that now.”


Farabee, 45, said he had no idea who might run for the Democratic nomination to replace him.

“I’ve gone out of my way not to involve myself in that process,” he said.

Farabee was a well-regarded member of the House, and I thank him for his service and wish him well in retirement. I’m not quite as optimistic as Phillip is about the Dems’ chances of holding that seat. Farabee’s district is pretty red, and without knowing who will vie to replace him, it’s a little hard to say. Dems have been able to hold onto a seat like this before, when Rep. Joe Heflin succeeded Pete Laney in 2006, so it certainly can be done. We’ll have to see who steps up to run. Greg has more.

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