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Councilman resigns, says serving Tyler has been a great honor

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Jason Wright has resigned from the Tyler City Council to take a post in Ted Cruz's Senate office. Wright was the councilman from District 6.

"Serving the City of Tyler has been one of the greatest honors of my life," Wright explained. 

According to Wright, he was offered a position as the East Texas Regional Director in Cruz's office.

Wright said Senator Cruz's staff called him to ask if he believed an East Texas Regional office was needed. When Wright said yes, they asked if he would be up for the job. 

"I was humbled to say the least, but then extremely excited that I might have the potential to join Senator Cruz in his work," Wright said. 

Wright, who was involved in Cruz's Senate campaign, had one and a half years left in his council term.

"We are very happy for Jason and wish him the best of luck with his new opportunity to represent our region as the East Texas Regional Director for Senator Ted Cruz," said Mayor Barbara Bass.   "It has been a pleasure working with him on Council and we sincerely appreciate his service to our community."

According to Susan Guthrie, Managing Director of External Relations for the City of Tyler, the city will hold an election in May. No one will replace Wright in District 6 until then and the City Council will cover the missing spot until he is replaced.

Wright was a charter board member of Grassroots America, We the People, where he served for several years. He left that position to run for city council.

"Jason knows his way around legislation and policy," said JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America. "I think because he has so much experience going to Austin and Washington and participating in congressional hearings and committee meetings and his knowledge of the issues makes him a perfect fit for the job."

Wright officially resigned at Tyler's City Council meeting on Wednesday.

"Parting is bittersweet sorrow to say the least. It was with a heavy heart indeed, but you know, I still get to serve Tyler and most importantly, East Texas," Wright said. 

Wright ran against Kara Camp for the seat in 2010, defeating her a run-off election. On Monday, Camp said she was interested in the job before, but had not heard Wright was resigning until KLTV told her.

"Of course, I'm interested, but this is the first I'm hearing of it," Camp said. "Times have changed for me and my family. But I would love to work for the city of Tyler. But, again, it is something I would need to talk to talk over with my family and friends before I made any kind of decision."

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