San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan has announced she's leaving the council to seek a Texas Senate seat.

Chan made the announcement on Friday and will challenge Dist. 25 state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, in the March GOP primary.

"I understand that keeping the American light shining has become the job of Texas," Chan said in a statement released Friday. "The values that have drawn people to this sacred land for centuries are brightest now right here in Texas and we must defend them."

Chan made headlines recently following the leak of secretly recorded remarks she made about homosexuals during the run-up to the city's then-proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

Chan admitted she never expected to have a career in politics when she emigrated to the U.S. decades ago as a computer science graduate student.

She would run against incumbent Donna Campbell who is in her first term in the senate.

"I'm running for the position," said Chan. "I have nothing against Senator Campbell and I respect her but I think I have the qualifications, the experience but also the problem solving approach and should do a good job."

District 25 covers North-Central Bexar, Kendall, Comal, Hays and parts of Guadalupe and Travis counties. Chan's city council district lies in the senate district as well which she said was a key factor in her decision.

"I started to look at where I can be most impactful with the qualifications, the experiences but also my conservative values to help the city, the county but also this region," she said.

Chan has until Dec. 9 to put her name on the ballot. She will have to resign from city council once she officially enters the senate race.

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