SD12: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is expected to appear at Sen. Jane Nelson’s (R-Flower Mound) re-election campaign kickoff event in Grapevine next month.
SD29 open: State Board of Education Member Georgina Pérez (D-El Paso) endorsed Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso).
HD16: Conroe Democratic activist and Senate District Executive Committee member Griffin Winkworth established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Will Metcalf (R-Conroe). Winkworth is a former executive director for the Montgomery Co. Democratic Party.
SEN: Midland investment advisor and city council member John Love III established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) as a Democrat. He is the president of the Texas Municipal League.
CD15: New Braunfels executive coach Ryan Krause established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) as a Republican. He unsuccessfully sought the 2018 Republican nomination for open CD21, finishing 9th in the 18-candidate field (3%).
CD20: San Antonio resident Joshua Carrizales established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) as a Republican.
CD23 open: El Paso immigration attorney Enrique Garcia established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio). Garcia unsuccessfully sought the 2018 Democratic nomination for open CD16, finishing fourth out of six candidates (5%).
CD28: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement that the House would begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump yielded a fairly predictable set of responses from Democratic and Republican members and candidates. All 13 Democratic members of the Texas delegation expressed some form of support. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) was the last to do so, saying in a revised statement that “if investigations prove that impeachment is the necessary course of action, then I will be forced to act on impeachment proceedings.” Primary opponent Jessica Cisneros tweeted earlier in the day that Cuellar “would rather toe the Trump line than take a stand for our country and this community.”
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