Today, Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) announced he will not seek reelection to the Texas House of Representatives and is withdrawing his name from consideration.
“Several things came in together — one was getting all the necessary information about my medical issues. It’s going to take time to recover from them. When you’re in a campaign, that’s all you have time for. I decided that I’ve given my years of service and we’ll let someone younger and stronger take on the November elections,” Zedler told The Texan.
Zedler first ran to represent House District 96 in 2000, but didn’t secure the seat until 2002. He represented the district until 2008, when he was defeated by Rep. Chris Turner.
In 2010, Zedler won back his seat.
Turner went on to run in and win House District 101 and currently serves as the House Democratic Caucus chairman.
Mansfield Mayor David Cook filed paperwork to run for Zedler’s seat this week, and following Zedler’s announcement is the only Republican in the race.
Joe Drago, the Democratic candidate, will foreseeably face off against Cook.
The veteran state representative said he would still involve himself in politics going forward, referencing that he spent time testifying in Austin on important legislation during the stint that Turner represented his district.
“I am going to continue to be very much involved, I’ll just be serving in a different role. I’ll still be fighting for the same principles we’ve been fighting for.”
“2020 is the most important election of our lifetime,” Zedler said.
McKenzie Taylor serves as Operations Manager and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.