- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) Henry Cisneros, former secretary of housing and urban development, told Texas delegates today he's not running for governor of their state.

The former San Antonio mayor recently moved back to the Texas city where he plans to start a company that will build low-income housing.

Mr. Cisneros' resignation last month from Univision Communications Inc. in Los Angeles and his appearance at the Democratic National Convention fueled speculation that he would enter the Texas gubernatorial race.

Mr. Cisneros, 53, doused the dreams of many Democrats who hoped he would lead the party's rebuilding efforts there by running for governor in 2002. No Democrats are running statewide races this November.

"I have no plans to run for office, no ambition," said Mr. Cisneros, though he did not rule out an eventual return to politics.

Mr. Cisneros was HUD secretary during President Clinton's first term and resigned in 1996. He moved from Washington to Los Angeles 31/2 years ago to run Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network.

Last year, Mr. Cisneros pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after a four-year, $9 million probe into charges he lied about payments to a former mistress.



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