Note: We cover the resignation announcement of Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), the confirmation of Justice Jeff Brown as a federal judge and the potential for Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) to lead DFPS here.
SC8: Third Court of Appeals Justice Gisela Triana (D) announced she would challenge Justice Brett Busby (R). Triana was elected to the Third Court of Appeals last year after serving 14 years as the 200th District Judge.
Meanwhile, Court of Appeals Justice Peter Kelly (D) updated his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Justice Brett Busby (R). Kelly was elected to the First Court of Appeals, P9 in 2018 after losing a bid for the 14th Court of Appeals in 2016.
RRC: Sugar Land accountant Phillip Andrews appeared to reauthorize his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Comm. Ryan Sitton (R). However, according to his July semiannual report, Andrews is running for Fort Bend Co. Tax Assessor-Collector, and his campaign’s website indicates he is running for that office as a Republican. The most recent post on his campaign’s Facebook page was from today (Wednesday), and it clearly states he is running for TAC. As such, we are not going to include him on our Crib Sheets at this time.
HD83: Lubbock resident David Speers established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock). We were unable to identify him conclusively.
CD11 open: As we reported yesterday (Tuesday), U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) announced his retirement at a Midland press conference. “It’s been an honor and privilege to have served,” Conaway said. “I’m going to put [my wife] Suzanne and our children and grandchildren first.” Conaway said he will serve out his term, which is his eighth. Conaway said he has told “folks all along that when I’m no longer in a leadership position, I’m coming home.”
One potential candidate for the seat, Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), said in a statement that he will “be happy to discuss my plans at the appropriate time.”
CD25: Austin farmer and community organizer Heidi Sloan established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin) as a Democrat.
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