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State Rep. Charles Perry to Run for Duncan's Senate Seat

State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, who is expected to be named the sole finalist for the position of Texas Tech University chancellor as soon as today.

Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, then a state representative, at a committee hearing on May 12, 2014.

State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, who is expected to be named the sole finalist for the position of Texas Tech University chancellor as soon as today.

Perry has represented HD-83, which covers a large chunk of Lubbock County as well as a handful of counties south and southwest of Lubbock, since 2011.

"Rep. Perry has shown the ability to win elections and by large margins," said Perry's political consultant, Jordan Berry. "He's a solid conservative who has South Plains values."

The departure of Duncan, who has represented SD-28 since December 1996, is sure to spur interest among many South Plains politicians looking to move up. Perry has been in the mix for a long time so his quick move to throw his hat in the ring is not surprising.

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