Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) announced he would not seek re-election. In a statement, Biedermann said in a statement that he is “looking forward to spending more time with my family and focusing on growing” his hardware business.

He faced increasing competition in the Republican primary in HD19 (Safe R), the district which includes Gillespie Co., his home county, and adjacent HD73 (Safe R), which includes Comal Co., where Biedermann owns property. Justin Berry, an Austin police officer and 2020 Republican nominee for HD47, and former Austin council member Ellen Troxclair were already running for legislative seats when HD19 was relocated to Central Texas and drawn to include western Travis Co. At least three Republicans have announced plans to seek open HD73: former New Braunfels Mayor Barron Casteel, New Braunfels educator George Green and Dripping Springs health and wellness business owner Carrie Isaac, the 2020 Republican nominee for HD45.

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