Today (Wednesday) was the deadline for state parties to submit their candidate rosters to the Secretary of State. We hope to have final candidate rosters loaded into our Crib Sheets soon. We still have not seen candidate lists from the Libertarian and Green Parties, and we also have not seen a list of independent candidates who filed their declarations of intent.

HD28 special: Associated Republicans of Texas PAC endorsed Gary Gates, the lone Republican in the runoff. The group previously backed Tricia Krenek, who finished third in the November special election.

HD96 open: Joe Drago, the lone Democratic candidate in the race, has questioned the eligibility of Mansfield Mayor David Cook, the only Republican in the race, but admits he is “not in a position to take any legal steps” to resolve the issue. Drago’s comment follows the recent declarations of ineligibility issued by the Democratic Party against Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey Cantu (HD74) and by the Republican Party against Harris Co. Dept. of Education trustee Josh Flynn (both of whom are fighting the decision).

Cook filed on December 9, the statutory filing deadline and the day before Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) withdrew. The filing period was re-opened for one week as required by statute, and no one filed in that period. Cook’s name would remain on the primary ballot even if he were ruled to be ineligible (Same for Flynn, but Cantu was ruled ineligible on the last day to remove a name from the ballot).

HD134: Texas Equity PAC endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) for re-election over her three Democratic rivals. The group also endorsed the five founding members of the LGBTQ House Caucus, all Democrats, for re-election.

Slaton: Longtime city council member Lynn Nowlin won the special runoff election to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Dubbin Englund, who died shortly after being re-elected in May. Nowlin defeated John Gatica, 60%-40%. Turnout was 23%.

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