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San Antonio Rep. Lyle Larson won’t seek reelection

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, is taking legislation he has proposed through the years seriously and choosing to not run for re-election in 2022.

Larson said in an email to constituents that “as a strong proponent of term limits,” he is choosing to follow through on the 12-year limit he has proposed in multiple bills since he was first elected in 2010.

“For the last 30 years, first as a city council member, then as a county commissioner, and most recently as a state representative, it has been a true blessing for me to represent northern Bexar County in state and local government,” Larson said. ” [I] have been very fortunate to work with good people at all levels of government for the last three decades. Truly appreciate my staff and all the great work they did for the folks in northern Bexar County.”

In addition to the announcement that he is not running for re-election, Larson shared the updated House District 122 boundaries decided in the redistricting process.

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Over the last few days, Larson has taken issue with the redistricting process on Twitter and advocating for the creation of a “viable independent party.”

“One would conclude that elected representatives should not draw the lines of new districts every ten years, including their own district,” Larson wrote yesterday. “The inter and intra party conflicts are a good indicator of subjective vs objective. There is a better way to do this process.”

He also said the legislature “need[s] to figure out a better way to do this crap,” and that an “objective ‘independent'” would say that the recently redistricted house district maps were gerrymandered.

“To end the bitter partisan divide we need to create a viable independent party. A moderate in either party is either a Dino or Rino. Candidates sell out to the left or right during primaries. Independents, moderate R’s and D’s need to coalesce. Time is now,” Larson wrote Sunday.

Larson was the only House Republican to break ranks with the GOP over the summer to vote against the crackdown on critical race theory and the controversial election bill that pushed Democrats to break quorum in Washington D.C.

He also introduced legislation recently to add an exemption for rape and incest to the Texas abortion law at the center of the national conversation on women’s reproductive rights.

His re-election in 2018 was a battle of wills to remain in the legislature after Gov. Greg Abbott backed his primary challenger Chris Fails.

A few candidates have already thrown their hat into the ring or are exploring their options to represent the district in northern Bexar County including former District Attorney Nico LaHood, former San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan and former Bexar Co. GOP Chair Mark Dorazio.

“Hope is to see the light in spite of all the darkness. Look at all the blue sky around you!” Larson said to close out his message to constituents. “Carpe Diem!”


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