AG: One of the three special prosecutors in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal securities fraud case has asked to withdraw. Nicole DeBorde wrote in a legal motion that she “can no longer devote the requisite time and attention” to the case and that she received the consent of the other two special prosecutors before seeking to withdraw. Last week, the Court of Criminal Appeals declined the special prosecutors’ request to reconsider its November ruling striking down their fees.
SD11: Former District Judge Susan Criss (D) formally announced her challenge of Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). Criss unsuccessfully ran for open HD23 in 2014, losing to Wayne Faircloth (45%). Taylor was unopposed for re-election in 2016. He defeated Democratic opponent Jacqueline Acquistapace, 66%-34%, in a 2012 open-seat race.
HD20: Austin court administrator Jessica Tiedt appears to have established an ActBlue page for a potential challenge of Rep. Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls). She has previously established a state campaign committee, but she did not designate an office sought at the time. She unsuccessfully ran for Williamson County Clerk in 2018, losing the general election to Nancy Rister (R), 53%-47%. The 2018 Democratic nominee received 28% of the vote against Wilson.
HD108: Dallas investment banker Shawn Terry announced his campaign raised $235K during the past five months, and he has $195K on hand. He is one of at least three Democrats seeking to challenge Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas).
CD30: Dallas police officer Tre Pennie amended his campaign committee to switch races, this time for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) as a Republican. He initially established his campaign committee to run in CD18 against U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), then switched a few days later to CD32 against U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas).
CD31: Liberty Hill musician Eric Hanke established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) as a Democrat. Hanke is at least the seventh Democrat to take a formal step toward entering the race.
Houston: Former council member Sue Lovell announced she will challenge Mayor Sylvester Turner. Already in the race are council member Dwight Boykins, attorney Tony Buzbee and businessman Bill King, the former Kemah mayor who lost the 2015 runoff to Turner, 51%-49%. Five other lesser known candidates have also filed paperwork for the race.
Weslaco: Early voting began today (Monday) for the July 16 special election to fill the D4 council seat vacated by Jerry Tafolla, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in April. Four candidates filed for the unexpired term.
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