October 22, 2013

North Dallas state Rep. Stefani Carter announced she will seek re-election instead of trying to jump into statewide office.

She had declared for the energy-regulating Railroad Commission in July, but said “after much consideration and prayer,” that she is ending that pursuit.

Carter faced an increasingly crowded field in the Republican primary for the Railroad Commission seat being vacated by Barry Smitherman, who is running for attorney general.

Those who have announced for the post are Malachi Boyuls, a Dallas lawyer and investor, and former House members Ray Keller, R-North Richland Hills, and Wayne Christian, R-Center. But others could also join the race.

“During my exploration of a statewide race, I have received a tremendous amount of support throughout Texas, and for that I am extremely grateful,” Carter said in a statement.

She said she also has been encouraged to seek re-election from many in her district and beyond, which convinced her to continue working in the Texas House.

While Carter was temporarily away from her House District 102 race, other opponents jumped in. She now faces a contested primary race.

She was first elected to the House in 2010.


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