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Burns considering Senate run if Davis sets sights higher


Dave Montgomery Fort Worth Business Press Austin Correspondent 

WASHINGTON – Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns said Monday that he is considering running for state Senate District 10 if Democratic incumbent Wendy Davis opts to run for governor.

“It’s something that I would consider and I’m certainly looking to get a sense of what the voters are interested in,” Burns, a Democrat, said Monday. “But Wendy has to make her decision first before I can entertain such a question.” Burns was in Washington for Davis’s speech at a National Press Club luncheon. Davis, who has become a Democratic star following her Senate filibuster against an abortion bill, said that she hopes to make a decision within two weeks on whether to run for governor or seek re-election to her Senate seat. Burns represents District 9 in south Fort Worth.

No other Democrats have signaled an interest in the race. Two Republicans have already announced their entry in the GOP primary race for the seat – former state Rep. Mark Shelton of Fort Worth, a physician who ran against Davis in 2012, and Tea Party leader Konni Burton of Colleyville.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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