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GOV: Houston council member Dwight Boykins said in a statement that he is considering running against Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a Democrat. He was first elected to the council in 2013. Meanwhile, Flower Mound resident Patrick “Not” Smith established a campaign committee for the race. A manifesto posted to his campaign’s web site indicates his primary policy goal is the elimination of state government. It is unclear if he is running as a Libertarian or independent candidate.

SD8 open: The Texas Home School Coalition endorsed Angela Paxton.

HD8 open: Streetman business developer and college instructor Linda Timmerman established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) as a Republican. We previously reported she was considering the race.

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