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San Antonio Councilwoman Chan Seeks Higher Office

San Antonio Councilwoman Chan Seeks Higher Office


San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan submitted a letter of resignation Monday in order to run for state Senate. Chan made national news for her antigay remarks in a secretly recorded meeting.

San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan will resign from the council in order to file as a candidate a state Senate, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Chan made national headlines this summer when audio from a staff meeting was secretly recorded and released featuring her making antigay remarks, such as calling LGBT people "disgusting." The meeting was a council discussion of a pending LGBT-inclusive addition to the city's existing nondiscrimination ordinance. In her own defense, Chan maintains that the First Amendment allows her to hold her own opinions, separate from those of others.

The council eventually voted 8-3 in favor of the update, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to the nondiscrimination ordinance. Chan voted against it.

Chan's last day as a council member is scheduled for October 18. She has represented a north side council district since 2009. A Republican, Chan plans to challenge incumbent Tea Party favorite Donna Campbell in the GOP primary for Texas Senate District 25.

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