Early voting continues for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections.
HD36: Mission insurance agent Abraham Padron re-established his campaign committee for a potential Democratic primary rematch against Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D-Mission). Padron spent nearly $400K on an unsuccessful 2016 primary challenge, losing to Muñoz, 60%-40%.
HD76 open: El Paso council member Claudia Ordaz Perez announced she would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso), who is running to succeed the retiring Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso). By announcing, Ordaz Perez has resigned her council seat, though she will continue to serve until a successor is chosen in a special election.
Ordaz Perez won a four-way 2014 special election outright (65%) before being elected to a full term in 2015 (73%). She was re-elected in 2018 (72%). Just eight of the 45 precincts comprising HD76 are located within Ordaz Perez’s council district, representing about 18% of votes cast in HD76 in the 2018 general election. She faces Elisa Tamayo, a former aide to Blanco who has been endorsed by most of the El Paso legislative delegation.
HD126: Houston petroleum field service technician Pete Salas established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Sam Harless (R-Spring) as a Libertarian.
HD138 open: Houston conservative media executive Claver Kamau-Imani established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston). Kamau-Imani is the founder and chief executive of Raging Elephants Radio. A press release announcing his exploratory committee listed about four dozen supporters including Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), Reps. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) and James White (R-Hilister), Republican National Committee member Robin Armstrong, Grassroots America-We the People’s Jo Ann Fleming, Gallery Furniture owner “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, True Texas Elections’s Laura Pressley and four State Republican Executive Committee members. Texas Right to Life PAC has endorsed him.
SEN: The campaign of Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) expects to announce the endorsements of Sens. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) and John Whitmire (D-Houston); Reps. Alma Allen (D-Houston), Harold Dutton (D-Houston) and Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City); U.S. Rep. Al Green (D); and former Court of Appeals Judge Morris Overstreet at a Texas Southern Univ. rally on Friday.
CD7: Houston resident Kenny Lim established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) as a Republican. We were unable to identify him conclusively.
CD17 open: Austin resident Masroor Ahmad Adnan established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) as a Republican. The committee is named Ahmad Bans Money in Politics. We were unable to identify him conclusively.
CD22 open: Houston vaping business owner Schell Hammel established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) as a Republican. She is at least the 13th Republican who has taken a formal step toward the race.
Houston: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed District E council member Dave Martin for re-election.
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