HD27: Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) has been disbarred by the State Bar of Texas following a July 26 hearing. Reynolds was convicted on misdemeanor criminal barratry charges in November 2014. He has been re-elected twice since his conviction. Reynolds also owes more than $50K in fines for delinquent filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.
HD28 open: Katy attorney and former Fulshear council member Tricia Krenek established a campaign committee for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) as a Republican. She ran unsuccessfully for Fort Bend Co. Court at Law No. 3 in 2018, losing the general election to Juli Mathew, 54%-46%. She was endorsed by Texas Right to Life PAC for that race.
HD100 special: Dallas securities broker James Armstrong III established a campaign committee for an undetermined state representative race, but it is likely to be HD100, which was vacated by former Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) following his election as Dallas mayor.
CD22 open: Brazoria Co. Court at Law No. 1 Judge and former Pearland council member Greg Hill (R) established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land). Hill, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent and Galveston Co. assistant district attorney, will resign to seek the seat. He was elected to his current post in 2018.
CD23 open: Former U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco (R-San Antonio) endorsed Tony Gonzales to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio).
CD31: U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) dispelled rumors of potential retirement by tweeting, “I am as committed as ever to bring more Texas to Washington and keep Washington out of Texas! #2020” and linking to a secured donation page for his re-election campaign. His announcement comes one day after U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) similarly took his name off the pundits’ “retirement watch” lists after tweeting that his re-election campaign was “full steam ahead.”
TBD: Houston resident Jovan Darran Burleson established a campaign committee for a federal race but did not appear to name the district he is seeking. We could not locate online a statement of candidacy that would have identified the district sought and party affiliation. (August 8 Update: He’s running for President under the American People’s Freedom Party.)
Bowie Co.: Sheriff James Prince (R) announced he is “not planning on running again” in 2020. Prince was first elected to the post as a Democrat in 2000. He became a Republican in 2015.
Edinburg: Mayor Richard Molina’s trial on 11 counts of voter fraud has been set for December 9.
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