April 17


Pressing Perez for 35?

Many politicians will tell you they're being drafted by nameless others – scads of them – to run for office and that they feel duty-bound to at least consider it, though they've actually been lusting after the posts for months if not years. But when it comes to the 2012 Democratic primary in the newly created 35th Congressional District, former Councilman Richard Perez swears it's true.

"The phone has been ringing all day with people asking me to consider running," he told PdA late Wednesday. "It's really been a pleasant surprise. I don't know where it's coming from, but it's pretty heartening."

Perez, who left Council in 2007 because of term limits to become president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, has toyed with the idea of campaigning for Mayor someday, but said he'd "never, ever, ever" considered a congressional run until Wednesday. Perez, who represented District 4 on the Southwest Side and still lives there, said he'd decide by the middle of next week.

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