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Villarreal to step down from Texas Legislature

State representative to focus on mayoral run

If San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro leaves office for an Obama Cabinet position, State Rep. Mike Villarreal has plans to run for the open position.

SAN ANTONIO – State Rep. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio plans to step down from the Texas Legislature in January in order to focus on his 2015 run for mayor.

According to a news release, Villarreal will announce his intentions at a news conference Sunday at his mayoral campaign headquarters.

The news release stated that despite being re-elected Tuesday to represent District 123, Villarreal informed Gov. Rick Perry that he declined to serve the next legislative session "in order to devote himself full-time to his campaign to be San Antonio's next Mayor." 

Villarreal's current term ends Jan. 13, 2015. A special election will be held to fill his seat.

The San Antonio city election will be held in May.