CCA8: District Judge Dib Waldrip announced he would run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Judge Elsa Alcala (R). Waldrip was appointed to the 433rd Judicial District (Comal Co.) by former Gov. Rick Perry in 2007 and has been re-elected three times since. He was previously elected Comal Co. District Attorney.

SD10: Former Burleson ISD trustee Beverly Powell kicked off her campaign for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville). Attendees at her kickoff event included Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth). Euless research scientist Allison Campolo is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

HD34: The Texas Tribune reported that former Rep. Gene Seaman (R-Corpus Christi) is considering running for the seat currently held by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown) if it were an open seat race. Herrero has previously announced he would seek re-election.

HD54: Rep. Scott Cosper (R-Killeen) announced he would seek re-election.

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 289 challengers and open-seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.

El Paso Co.: Commissioners did not appoint a successor to County Judge Veronica Escobar, who has resigned to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), at today’s Commissioners Court meeting. Escobar will continue to serve until a replacement is named. The replacement is expected to serve until the end of 2018.

McLennan Co.: The son of longtime County Comm. Lester Gibson established a campaign committee to run to succeed his father, who is not seeking re-election after 28 years on the Commissioners Court. Travis Gibson has served on the Bellmead council since 2015 and was re-elected in May. Mart law enforcement officer D.L. Wilson and Axtell recent university graduate Gina Ford have also established campaign committees for the race.

©2017 Texas Election Source LLC