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Rogers Draws 3rd Primary Challenger and Other News for October 22

Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall announced she would challenge Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) in the Republican primary. Marshall was first elected mayor in 2006 and re-elected seven times. She has led the Aledo Economic Development Corporation since 2008. Her candidacy announcement included endorsements from eight local mayors.

She is at least the third Republican challenger to enter the race, joining Aledo retired biochemist Mike Olcott and Weatherford college professor and Weatherford ISD trustee Joshua Tarbay.

Redistricting paired Rogers with Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), who is running for SD10.

Early voting continues for the November 2 constitutional amendment, general and special elections.

SD24 open: Temple legislative aide Lamar Lewis established a campaign committee for a potential run for an open seat currently held by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), who is running for Land Commissioner. Lewis has been Rep. Hugh Shine’s (R-Temple) district director since 2017.

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Candidate Announcement and Appointment News for October 21

Early voting continues for the November 2 constitutional amendment, general and special elections.

HD2: Caddo Mills pastor Clyde Bostick announced he would challenge Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) in the Republican primary.

HD28: Sugar Land real estate agent Nelvin Adriatico established a campaign committee to challenge Rep. Gary Gates (R-Rosenburg) as a Democrat.

HD51: Austin attorney Lulu Flores announced she would run to succeed Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) if he chooses to run for Congress. Flores unsuccessfully sought the seat in 2002, losing to Rodriguez by 120 votes in the Democratic runoff for what was then an open seat.

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Candidate Entries and Exits and Other News for October 20

Early voting continues for the November 2 constitutional, general and special elections.

SD31 open: The Kevin Sparks (R) campaign released a new ad, “One Election,” touting Trump’s endorsement.


HD19/HD73: Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) said he will not run for re-election in HD73, which he currently represents but which no longer includes Gillespie Co. He said he is still considering a run for re-election in newly drawn HD19, which includes his home. “My family, my business, my future and my home are in Gillespie Gounty,” Biedermann said. “Whatever public service position I run for next will be close to my home.” It’s worth noting that Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher (R) is not seeking re-election.

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Seliger Leaving Senate After 17 Years

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) announced he would not seek re-election in a reconfigured SD31.

“After thoughtful consideration and with the reassurance of my family, including my new very vocal granddaughter, I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to the Texas Senate,” Seliger said in a statement. “It has been a great honor to represent the people, schools and businesses of Senate District 31 for the past 17 years.”

As it was redrawn, SD31 lost four Panhandle counties and gained 12 Permian Basin counties, resulting in an almost perfect balance between the Panhandle (48.6% of the 2020 Republican primary vote) and the Permian Basin (49.2%). As the district is currently configured, the Panhandle contributed 57.5% of the vote while the Permian Basin accounted for 40%. Three remaining 2% of the vote comes from three South Plains “connector” counties along the western edge of the state. Seliger was the lone Republican to vote against the new map, and this was not the only time he voted against the party.

He was already facing two primary challengers: Big Spring steel manufacturer and Coahoma ISD trustee Stormy Bradley and Midland oil and gas executive and former Texas Public Policy Foundation board member Kevin Sparks.

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Candidate Announcements and Exploratory Committee News for October 19

Early voting continues for the November 2 constitutional, general and special elections. According to Democratic strategist Colin Strother, 589 people voted early today (Tuesday) in the HD118 special runoff election, bringing the two-day, in-person total to just under 1K. Statewide, turnout for Monday, the first day of the early voting period, was 0.6% for the constitutional amendment election.

AG: Texas Young Republicans endorsed Land. Comm. George P. Bush (R) over Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R).

HD19 open: Austin police officer Justin Berry announced he would seek the seat. Berry, who narrowly lost the 2020 general election for HD47 (48%), previously announced he would run for the House again but did not declare a district.

HD60: Aledo retired biochemist and conservative activist Mike Olcott and Weatherford college professor and former Weatherford ISD trustee Joshua Tarbay announced they challenge Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) in the Republican primary.

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Huberty Retires as Third Special Session Ends

Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) announced he would not seek re-election.

“I have thought long and hard about this decision and know it is time for new opportunities in my life,” Huberty said in a statement. “I want to thank the people of the district who have been supportive through all the ups and downs in my career, as they always believed in me and trusted me to fight on their behalf.”

He becomes be the 16th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning. Reps. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton), Phil King (R-Weatherford), Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and James White (R-Hillister) are seeking other offices. Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) is exploring a run for mayor. Reps. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), Ben Leman (R-Iola), Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Jim Murphy (R-Houston), Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) and John Turner (D-Dallas) are retiring. Former Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) is now in Congress, and former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio) resigned. Several other members, including Reps. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) and Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) are considering running for other offices.

So far, two senators are also not returning: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) is running for Land Commissioner, and Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) is retiring.

Humble council member and former Humble ISD trustee Charles Cunningham Jr. announced he would seek the seat as a Republican. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for HD150 in 2002.

Kingwood conservative activist Anthony Dolcefino is already in the race.

Special Session: The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die. The Legislature passed redistricting plans for Congress, the Legislature and the State Board of Education. A proposal requiring various “audits” and “reviews” of, and “explanations” from, county election officials, including an “audit” of the 2020 general election, did not ultimately pass. Senate Bill 47 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), a substantially similar bill to a measure that passed the Senate during the final days of the second special session, passed the Senate but died when no action was taken on it by the House.

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Congressional Map Gains Final Passage and Candidate News for October 18

The House and Semate adopted the conference committee report (CCR) for Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), the congressional redistricting plan.

The CCR retained a House amendment by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) that realigned CD18 closer to its current configuration and unpaired U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) and Al Green (D-Houston). The CCR also retains House amendments that reportedly place Rep. Steve Toth’s (R-The Woodlands) residence within open CD8 and Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer’s (D-San Antonio) residence into open CD35.

Prior to the CCR’s adoption, the League of United Latin American Citizens and other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) challenging the redistricting plans, arguing they “unlawfully dilute the voting strength of Latinos.”

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature concludes by law tomorrow (Tuesday).

Early voting is underway for the November 2 constitutional, general and special elections.

SD10: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) endorsed Sen. Phil King (R-Weatherford).

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Jeff Blaylock

Jeff Blaylock


Jeff is a political junkie, longtime public policy wonk and former Texas Legislature staffer who has worked political campaigns in Texas and several other states, ranging from school boards to legislators to governors to referenda. He is a public and government affairs consultant based in Austin, Texas, who offers his keen insights about Lone Star State politics as Texas Election Source.

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