It appears Houston state lawmaker Sylvester Turner is taking his political ambitions a step further in Austin. He has officially filed papers indicating he will seek the position of Speaker of The House in 2009. It’s the powerful political post Tom Craddick has been fighting to hold on to as of late. State Representative Turner issued a press release detailing his ambitions:
State Representative Sylvester Turner today announced that he is running for Speaker of the Texas House for the 2009 Session.
Turner, who has served as Speaker Pro Tem in the last three legislative sessions, filed his declaration of candidacy in Austin at noon today.
“I don’t ever want to have another legislative session like the one just completed where taking care of the people’s business took a back seat to political agendas,” Turner said. “We have too many problems in this state to waste most of a legislative session on political agendas that do not include providing lower electric rates to the low-income and elderly or more funding for mental health programs.” “I sincerely hope that over the next 18 months, members will evaluate and assess my abilities,” Turner continued. “I believe I am the best person to serve as Speaker in 2009 and I hope the members will give me the opportunity to serve as their Speaker.”