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. Many party offices had limited hours, or were closed entirely, during the Thanksgiving weekend.

LTGOV: Petersburg resident Kerry McClendon filed as a Libertarian to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). McClendon ran unsuccessfully for HD88 as in 2014 (7%).

HD27: Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) announced he would seek re-election.

HD109: Rep. Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) is expected to make a statement tomorrow on whether she will seek re-election.

HD117: South San ISD board member Connie Prado filed as an independent candidate for the seat held by Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio). Prado was first elected to the board in 2012 (70%) and won re-election in 2016 (57%). Her husband, Raul Prado, is a former San Antonio council member who unsuccessfully ran for HD117 in 2002, losing the general election to Ken Mercer, 59%-41%.

CD6: Sens. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) and Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) said they were not considering a race for the seat should U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) not seek re-election. In a statement, Birdwell said he had “no plans whatsoever to run for Congress.” He is not up for re-election until 2020. In a tweet, Burton thanked “supporters & donors who are asking me to make a congressional run” and said she was “totally committed” to seeking re-election to her SD10 seat. Barton has said he would seek re-election but may be re-evaluating the race following the online publication of an embarrassing photograph.

CD32: Richardson former Naval intelligence officer and 2016 Republican primary candidate Paul Brown re-authorized his campaign committee for a potential primary rematch against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas). He received 12% of the vote in a four-way primary against Sessions, who won it outright with 61% of the vote.

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