Early Voting continues for the November 7 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3.

Sen. Bryan Hughes

Sen. Bryan

CD5 open: Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is considering running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas). Because Hughes is not up for re-election in 2018, he would not need to leave his Senate seat in order to run for Congress.

AG: Lubbock attorney John Gibson is considering challenging Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) as a Democrat, tweeted the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek.

SC6: Houston attorney Kathy Cheng re-established her campaign committee for a potential challenge of Justice Jeff Brown (R) as a Democrat. She ran unsuccessfully for the First Court of Appeals, Place 9 in 2012 (47%) after raising just over $5K for the race. She ran unsuccessfully for district judge in 2010 (43%).

SD31: The Texas Assoc. of Business TXBIZ PAC endorsed Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo).

HD8 open: The Thomas McNutt campaign released lists of more than 50 endorsements from current and former local elected officials, including all four Freestone Co. commissioners, Hill Co. Sheriff Rodney Watson, Corsicana council member Jeff Smith and former Rep. Tom Waldrop (D-Corsicana). McNutt was also endorsed by Railroad Comm. Wayne Christian (R). Meanwhile, potential opponent Eric Meyers tweeted that he would not seek the HD8 seat and would instead continue to run for Navarro Co. Republican Party chair.

HD55: Temple retired Army sergeant C.J. Grisham re-established his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple). Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas, was initially a candidate for the open SD24 seat in 2016 but withdrew to avoid “splitting the constitutional conservative, Tea Party vote.” He endorsed Brent Mayes, who finished fourth in the Republican primary.

HD116: San Antonio business consultant Fernando Padron established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Diana Arévalo (D-San Antonio). Padron ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Bexar Co. tax assessor-collector in 2016 (15%).

HD130: Tomball resident Fred Infortunio established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Houston). We previously reported that he announced his candidacy in a Facebook post.

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