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Doctor announces he's not running for District 21 State Representative seat
BEAUMONT - A Beaumont doctor has announced he's decided not to run for the District 21 State Representative seat Allan Ritter is vacating.
Dr. Ray Callas says a number of community leaders and friends had encouraged him to run.
Ritter decided not to seek re-election after his term ends.
Beaumont - Statement from Dr. Ray Callas
"I would like to thank the countless friends, community leaders, Republican grassroots activists, and local elected officials who called and encouraged me to run for Texas House District 21 after State Representative Allan Ritter announced he would not seek reelection. After seeking guidance through prayer and discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for House District 21. While I feel a strong calling to public service and believe my background as a family man, veteran, physician, businessman, Governors appointee, and local civic leader makes me a qualified candidate, my final decision came down to residency. Currently, I live just outside House District 21 in Jefferson County, and I did not think it would be fair to the constituents in that district to move in order to run. Even though I will not be on the ballot, I am committed to focusing my time and efforts to electing a strong Republican who will continue Allan Ritters record of leadership and success in delivering conservative results for our community. I will also continue my service to the community and state through the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners, the Texas Medical Association, local civic and charity organizations, and as a Board Member of the Jefferson County Republican Party. I love this community and will continue to look for ways to give back whether it be elected office in the future or through more local civic engagement."
Gerald R Callas, M.D.