Elisa Chan plans to leave her city council seat to run for a higher office.
The District 9 City Councilwoman announced Friday that she's seeking the GOP nomination for Texas State Senate District 25, the office held by Republican Donna Campbell of New Braunfels.
District 25 covers North Central Bexar, Kendall, Comal, Hays and parts of Guadalupe and Travis Counties.
"I believe that I can do a good job and I think my experience, my qualifications and my strong conservative values will serve the state well, especially the six counties that I would represent," Chan told 550 KTSA News.
Chan is President of Unintech Consulting Engineers, which she and her husband founded 21 years ago.
She calls herself a "steadfast foe of tax increases and a fierce opponent of wasteful government spending."
As a conservative, Chan is often at odds with Mayor Julian Castro and recently sparked a controversy over the city's anti-discrimination. She opposed the addition of the LGBT community, stating the language of the ordinance infringes on the rights of religious groups.
Asked whether she thinks the controversy will hurt her campaign, Chan told KTSA News, "I think there are a lot of people who agree with me, so I don't think it will hurt my campaign.”
She hasn't decided when she'll resign from the city council, but says it'll be soon so that she can devote more time to the campaign ahead of the primaries in March.