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Leslie Waters withdraws from state Senate race, will run for re-election to Seminole council



SEMINOLE -- Leslie Waters has withdrawn from the race for state Senate Seat 13, currently held by Dennis Jones

Waters said she will instead seek re-election to the Seminole City Council, with the goal of running for the mayor's seat in 2013. Jimmy Johnson currently serves as Seminole mayor.

Waters, who filed to run for the Senate about 10 months ago, said she "came to the realization that my interest, passion, enthusiasm and experience to impact 'good government' is at the local level of government, not the state level so I have filed to run for re-election to the Seminole City Council."

 The council election is March 13.

Waters added that her "ultimate goal is to work toward the possibility of being elected as mayor of our great city when there is an opening in 2013. Serving on City Council, the government closest to the people, is indeed an important and crucial undertaking. I will continue to work on behalf of the citizens of Seminole to help assure it continues to be a great place to live, work and raise families."
Waters, 64, is former speaker pro tempore of the state House, where she served from 1998 to 2006 before having to leave because of term limits. When she was elected to the Seminole council in 2009, she said her goal was to run for Jones' Senate seat.
When she entered the Senate race early this year, Waters was pitted against fellow Republican Jim Frishe. Frishe has been a powerhouse at fundraising. State records show he had amassed a $115,189 war chest as of Sept. 30. Waters had raised $31,005.
Democrat Daryl Rouson has also entered the Senate race.
-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9:04am]


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