|Homer says he’ll run for fifth term|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Dec. 1, 2005 -- State Rep. Mark Homer formally announced his intention to seek a fifth term in the Texas Legislature during a stop in Sulphur Springs Thursday morning.
Homer called his first four terms as a state representative an honor.
"It has been my great honor to represent Northeast Texas in the State House," he said. "During that time, I have done my best to work for, and often fight for, the interests of our area in Austin. Today, I am asking the people of District 3 to allow me to continue those efforts."
In the most recent legislative session and the accompanying special sessions, school finance has been the most visible issue, but many other things have been accomplished, including equitable funding for regional medical centers, and amending emission control legislation to meet federal directives in protecting the environment and the mining industry and in retaining those jobs.
"These things don't grab headlines, but these details mean an awful lot to the families depending on those paychecks," he said.
Homer said that school finance, which continues to be an issue, will be the focus of the legislature this spring.
"We know we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Obviously school finance is the issue of today and is going to be, in the spring, the focus of a special session," Homer said. "That will not be the end of it. It's going to work its way into the next regular session."
Counties in District 3 include Hopkins, Titus, Franklin, Delta, Lamar and Red River.