HD92: The League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum tonight at the Hurst Public Library. Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), his Democratic challenger Kim Leach, and Green Party candidate Travis Christal participated. Videos posted to social media showed it to be a well-attended, respectful discussion focused on health care and education.
HD146 open: Precinct chairs will choose a nominee to replace Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston) on Saturday at a meeting scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The Harris Co. Democratic Party has confirmed at least four candidates, and at least two others are believed to be interested in the nomination.
El Paso: Following Mayor Oscar Leeser’s saying he would not seek re-election in May, former Rep. Dee Margo (R-El Paso) said he intends to run. Margo spent two years as president of the El Paso ISD’s appointed board of managers, which disbanded last year so that an elected school board would once again lead the district. Margo said he would make a formal announcement in January.
Dallas Co. Republican Chair: Reps. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), Angie Chen Button (R-Garland), Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale), Linda Koop (R-Dallas), Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas) and Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) endorsed Elizabeth Bingham.
Austin: The city council unanimously approved council member Sheri Gallo’s unusual request to have one of her own appointees removed from the city’s Parks and Recreation Board. Alison Alter was asked to resign because she declared she would challenge Gallo in the upcoming election, and Alter refused. Gallo said there was an “inherent conflict of interest” for Alter to represent Gallo on the parks board while campaigning against her.
Montgomery Co.: County Judge Craig Doyal was permitted to return to work to perform executive functions by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Doyal has been suspended without pay since June 28 in the wake of being indicted on several misdemeanor counts of violating open meetings laws. Doyal is not permitted to perform any judicial functions. It is the first time the commission has lifted a suspension while a criminal case was pending.