As expected, north side Councilwoman Elisa Chan has submitted her letter of resignation so she can seek the Republican nomination for State Senate, 1200 WOAI news reports.
In a letter 'to Mayor and Council' distributed by her staff, Chan says her final council meeting will be October 17, and her resignation will be effective the following day.
"I am very proud of our city and what we have accomplished," Chan wrote. "Texas is in the middle of an economic miracle and San Antonio is doing its part to bring jobs and economic prosperity to this state. When I travel, I am so proud to say where I am from and inform them of the things we have accomplished."
Chan, is a native of Taiwan and she became a U.S. citizen in 1999. She is the co-owner of Unitech Consulting Engineers, a structural and civil engineering firm. She is the first Asian American woman to serve on San Antonio City Council, and she took the lead in opening up San Antonio to Chinese commerce, leading the city's very successful trade mission to Shanghai.
Chan became a conservative superstar last month when she led the unsuccessful opposition to San Antonio's gay and lesbian non discrimination ordinance.
In her resignation letter, Chan quoted Abraham Lincoln, "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
Chan says she will 'remember those words as I move on to my next challenge.'
Chan, who once was rumored to be considering a run for Mayor, will have a challenge ahead of her. She plans to take on popular first time State Senator Donna Campbell in next spring's primary.
Campbell is popular with conservative activists and the Tea Party movement and is a social conservative. She unseated State Sen. Jeff Wentworth in the primary in 2010 to win the seat in the overwhelmingly Republican district, which stretches from north San Antonio to New Braunfels and into the Hill Country.-