CD6 special: The Susan Wright (R) campaign released its first ad, “Bright Hope,” focusing on carrying on the legacy of her late husband, former U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington).

The Brian Harrison (R) campaign released its second ad, “Bleed Business,” focusing on reducing regulations on businesses.

U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Richmond) endorsed Wright.

The Shawn Lassiter (D) campaign released a series of endorsements including former Dallas ISD board president Miguel Solis, Fort Worth ISD trustees Ashley Paz and Q Phillips and former SBOE member Erika Beltran (D).

Meanwhile, Sery Kim (R) published a letter (PDF) she wrote to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asking him to organize a debate. “It is only through your leadership we can all gather in one place to directly answer” voters’ questions. “With the State being fully open, it should be possible to host this public event safely in person.” There are 23 candidates in the race.

SD15: Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston), the Dean of the Senate, will seek re-election in 2022 even as he contemplates running for mayor of Houston in 2023, when current Mayor Sylvester Turner is term-limited, reported Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz.

Whitmire was first elected to the Senate in 1982 following five terms in the House. He has been re-elected 12 times, most recently in 2018. He reported having $9.8M on hand as of December 31.

Edinburg: Council member Gilbert Enriquez announced his resignation to run for mayor. The council is expected to appoint his successor.

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