HD98: Keller council member, attorney and gubernatorial appointee Armin Mizani formed a campaign committee and announced he would challenge Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) in the Republican primary. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) appointed Mizani as a consumer representative to the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority board in 2016. Mizani was one of 10 local candidates endorsed by Empower Texans in 2015 to win his or her race.
HD99: Azle real estate agent Michael Stackhouse formed a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth). Social media activity suggests he would run as a Democrat.
HD122: Hollywood Park Mayor and gun store co-owner Chris Fails established a campaign committee and announced he would challenge Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) in the Republican primary. Fails is the vice chair of the Alamo Area Council of Governments and has served as Hollywood Park mayor since 2014. Larson has not faced a primary opponent since his election in 2010.
CD35: Austin resident S.K. Alexander established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) as a Republican.
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Weslaco: Edward Mejia has withdrawn from the D2 council race, leaving just incumbent Greg Kerr and former Rep. and former Mayor Miguel “Mike” Wise (D-Weslaco) contending for the seat. Wise stepped down as mayor in 2013 to make an unsuccessful run for district court judge. He is currently an associated municipal court judge. Wise was first elected to the House in 1996. He lost his 2004 re-election bid to Mando Martinez in Democratic primary.
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