Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status.
SD8 open: Texas Values Action endorsed Angela Paxton.
SD25: Dripping Springs attorney and five-time gubernatorial appointee Shannon McClendon announced she would challenge Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) in the Republican primary. We previously reported she had established a campaign committee but did not indicate which office she would seek. Former Gov. Rick Perry (R) appointed McClendon to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, the Texas Appraisers Licensing and Certification Board and the Texas Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Campbell defeated a pair of challengers, former Houston council member Elisa Chan and former Bexar Co. Comm. Mike Novak, outright in the 2014 Republican primary. She ousted longtime Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) in the 2012 Republican primary runoff following a three-way primary that included former Railroad Comm. Elizabeth Ames Jones (R).
HD36: McAllen insurance agent and 2016 Democratic primary challenger Abraham Padron has re-established his campaign committee, indicating he may seek a rematch against Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D-Edinburg). Padron raised more than $300K and spent nearly $400K for the 2016 primary, which he lost to Muñoz, 60%-40%.
HD53: Mountain Home attorney and 2016 Democratic nominee Stephanie Lochte Ertel filed in the Democratic primary to seek a rematch with Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction), who defeated Ertel, 77%-20%.
HD106: Frisco real estate developer Michael Rhea filed as a Democrat to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco).
HD117: San Antonio resident and 2016 write-in candidate Carlos Antonio Raymond filed in the Republican primary to challenge Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio). He received 175 votes in the general election, which Cortez won over then-Rep. Rick Galindo (R-San Antonio), 51%-49%. His campaign web site and social media accounts use at least four different iterations of his name.
State TBD: Brownsboro resident Dennis Miller formed a campaign committee for a potential state race but did not indicate an office sought. Brownsboro is located in SD3, represented by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville); HD4, represented by Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell); and ED9, represented by board member Keven Ellis. Nichols and Gooden are seeking re-election. Ellis is not up for re-election in 2018.
SEN: Former Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen has ended his primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and endorsed North Richland Hills media executive Bruce Jacobson. McQueen announced he would challenge Cruz on August 9, making his Senate campaign nearly three times longer than his mayoral tenure.
CD5: Baytown sales manager Danny Campbell established a campaign committee for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas) as a Republican. Baytown is not located in the district, but his web site indicates he has lived in Mont Belvieu, which is in the district, since 2012. Meanwhile, Texas resident Earl Brunner has filed as a Republican for the seat. We were unable to determine his hometown and occupation.
CD18: Houston resident Donald Batiste established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston).
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