Thursday, July 31, 2008

Delisi Announces Resignation from HD 55

State Representative Dianne White Delisi announced her resignation today. Representative Delisi had already announced that she would not seek re-election for House District 55, which covers most of Bell County, in the 2008 election cycle.

Delisi's retirement announcement opened up a Republican war in Bell County between Ralph Sheffield, Martha Tyroch (aka, Tyroch the Taxer), Mike Pearce, and John Alaniz. Out of this battle, Sheffield, a small business owner in Temple, defeated Tyroch in what proved to be an ugly run-off campaign with multiple allegations thrown in every direction.

Just when you thought the dust had settled, though, Delisi's resignation will open this seat up to a special election which allows all the candidates to jump back into the race in November.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I dont get the point of early retirement in this case. Does her new job require it? By the time they get elected, it will be the regular election time, and they are not in session.

In TX-22 (Delay's old seat) last time, Shelley Sekula Gibbs won the special election in Nov 2006 while Lampson won the regular election.
Sekula Gibbs got to be congresswoman for one week (and managed to embarrass herself by having the staff walk out on her!) It seems pointless.