Dave Montgomery Austin Correspondent
AUSTIN – Colleyville attorney George Boll says he is “strongly considering and presently leaning towards” entering the Democratic primary race to succeed State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, who is running for governor. Boll, a former Colleyville city council member, would join businessman Mike Martinez and neighborhood activist Libby Willis in the Democratic contest. Five Republicans have also declared their candidacy for the GOP nomination in the District 10 Senate race. Additional candidates could jump into the contest before the Dec. 9 filing deadline. Other Democrats mentioned for the race have included former Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks and former State Rep. Glenn Lewis. In an email to the Business Press, Boll confirmed that he is seriously considering the race.
I have been speaking with family and close friends and intend to spend some additional time over the Thanksgiving holiday to reach a final decision,” Boll said. ” I am considering a run for SD 10 to continue Wendy Davis’ legacy of delivering real results but also knowing when to reach across the aisle and compromise,” he said. “ I have spent the better part of my career advocating for individuals by educating myself on both sides of important issues, and working with opponents towards reasonable solutions to those issues. I also know when it is time to take a stand and fight like on education. “ Boll is a founding partner and president of the Addison law firm of Juneau, Boll, Stacy & Ucherek. He served on the Colleyville City Council in 2005-07.
Among the issues he would push if he enters the race, Boll said, would be to “reduce the teacher-student class size ratio in our neighborhood schools and reduce the demands of high stakes testing.“ Davis has held the Tarrant County Senate seat since January of 2009 but decided against re-election to run for governor in 2014 after amassing national political star power following her filibuster against Republican-backed abortion restrictions. Both parties have made the battle over her Senate seat a top priority in next year’s election. Republican candidates in the race are former State Rep. Mark Shelton of Fort Worth, Tea Party activist Konni Burton of Colleyville, Colleyville real estate executive Mark Skinner, Arlington School Board member Tony Pompa and Colleyville chiropractor Jon Schweitzer.