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Restaurateur Victor Leal to Run for State Senate

Restaurant owner Victor Leal is officially running for state senator.

Leal announced on Facebook his intention to seek the state senate seat for the 31st district of Texas. Incumbent Senator Kel Seliger is running for re-election. Mayor Mike Canon, of Midland, is also running, in a rematch against Seliger.

Owner of Leal's Mexican Restaurant, Victor Leal previously ran for state representative in 2010. Leal garnered 45 percent against Four Price, who went on to defeat Democrat Abel Bosquez in the general election. Since the 2010 race, Leal has been mentioned as a potential candidate for Amarillo City Council, Amarillo mayor and the Amarillo College board of regents.

Leal has served as mayor of Muleshoe and serves on several political and civil boards and commissions.

According to records from the Texas Ethics Commission, Leal has not yet filed a declaration of candidacy with the commission. Leal must file with the TEC before he can accept any donations or spend any money on his campaign.

Those interested in running for state senator may announce their campaigns at any time, but must file an application between mid-November and early December.

Photo by the Hispanic Action Network

Photo by the Hispanic Action Network

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