The House District 83 Candidate Forum scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled. Organizers say it was due to circumstances resulting from Governor Perry calling a Special Election for Senate District 28 on September 9.
Incumbent Charles Perry is expected to withdraw from the November general election ballot to run in a special election for the District 28 State Senate seat. Party leaders who live in the seven-county State House district would then have to choose a replacement nominee.
The Republican forum was intended to introduce potential candidates to county and precinct chairmen, as well as to GOP voters. Five potential candidates had confirmed as participants. The list had included former Lubbock-Cooper school board member Allen Adkins, Lubbock attorney Dustin Burrows, former District 83 State Representative Delwin Jones, Lubbock businessman and former LISD school board member Steve Massengale and Lubbock law firm executive director Sondra Ziegler.
Lubbock attorney Zach Brady cited important times for his family when he announced he will not seek the republican party's nomination. Brady came in 3rd in the 2010 GOP primary race for the District 83 seat. He says he and his wife are focusing on raising their children for the next few years, but that he still hopes to serve in elected office someday.
Brady's full statement reads: "Over the last several weeks, I have been honored to hear from folks across West Texas regarding the probable opening in HD 83. I have carefully considered whether to pursue that opportunity.
These are important times for our family. James will enroll as a freshman at Lubbock High next month. Emma just turned 10. I am learning more every day about the importance of a dad simply being around for his kids during these adolescent years. I also continue to be amazed at just how quickly they pass.
I love West Texas and her people. Dani and I moved back here to raise our kids in West Texas, and that's what we are going to focus on for the next few years. I still hope to serve in elected office someday. However, I will not be a candidate for the Legislature in 2014.
In the meantime, I intend to continue my service on the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee to Senators Cornyn and Cruz, the City of Lubbock's Water Advisory Board, and in special roles such as chairing the City of Lubbock Oil and Gas Drilling Ordinance Advisory committee, which is wrapping up its work.
I wish all the candidates for SD 28 and HD 83 the best."