Businessman Dee Margo has decided to run against State Rep. Joe Moody for the District 78 seat.
The chairman and CEO of JDW Insurance told the El Paso Times two weeks ago that he was not interested in the state senate but was instead considering a rematch against Moody.
Margo beat longtime Republican House member Pat Haggerty last year in the primary for the seat but lost to Moody in the general election.
He said Moody had an edge because of the high number of voters who showed up at the polls for the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.
Before Margo can face Moody in the general election, he will have to beat two Republican challengers in the primary this March.
Jay Kleberg, a former recruiter who brought corporations to the El Paso region, and former bank manager L. Rene Diaz have already said they would join the Republican ballot.
Margo said he is ready to face his opponents.
"We did some polling last week. It was very positive," Margo said. "Based on as much "empirical" data as we could come up with, we decided to do it."
This is the third time Margo will seek a state office. He lost to Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, in 2006.