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Former Tyler mayor will not run against Berman for state seat

Released by Joey Seeber:

Seeber says he initially announced when Berman was running for Governor

TYLER, TX - Former Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber says he will not oppose incumbent State Representative Leo Berman in the 2010 Republican Primary. Seeber, who also served as President of the Smith County Republican Club prior to serving on the Tyler City Council, said he would like to run for legislative office in the future.

"I initially announced to run for the seat when Leo was running for Governor," said Seeber. "This has always been about what's best for our community, not a race against Leo. I do not want to split the community and local Republican Party now that Leo has switched back to running for re-election as State Representative."

Seeber said he and Berman have different approaches to public service, but that he agreed with Berman's conservative stand on issues including Berman's push for stronger illegal immigration reforms. Seeber also added that he would be supporting both Berman's and State Senator Kevin Eltife's reelections to the legislature in the upcoming Republican primary.

"As a former Mayor, I have worked shoulder to shoulder with both Leo and Kevin to make state government more responsive to Smith County families," Seeber added. "At some point in the future, I hope to offer my local government experience of cutting taxes and getting results as qualifications for serving in the legislature."

Berman said he was pleased with Seeber's decision to withdraw from the race and welcomed his support. "I know Joey and I share a lot of mutual friends and I respect the job he did as Mayor of Tyler. I know we will continue to work together for the betterment of our community and the State of Texas for years to come."

Eltife also commended Seeber's desire to preserve unity in the local Republican Party. "Joey truly cares for our community and I think he has put the community first with this decision. I hope he will once again serve our community in an elected position."

Berman will be running for his 7th term in the Texas House of Representatives, while Eltife will be seeking his third term as State Senator. A portion of Smith County is also represented by State Rep Tommy Merritt from Longview.

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