The deadline to file for a place on the 2018 ballot is 6 p.m. local time today. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. As far as we can tell, Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey (R); Reps. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) and Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin); and State Board of Education member Erika Beltran (D-Dallas) have not yet filed for re-election. They may have already filed, but we have received any confirmation from the candidates or the parties.
GOV: Austin resident James Jolly Clark filed in the crowded Democratic primary to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). He is at least the ninth Democrat to file for the race.
HD28: Katy software developer Durward White established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), likely as a Democrat.
HD54: Killeen real estate agent Kathy Richerson filed in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Scott Cosper (R-Killeen).
HD82: Midland Democratic activist Spencer Bounds filed to challenge Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) in the general election, becoming the first Democrat to seek the seat since 2008. His entry sets up one of the biggest age disparities between candidates. Bounds is one of the leaders of the Concho Valley Young Democrats. Craddick is the Dean of the House.
HD86: Amarillo retiree and State Democratic Executive Committee member Mike Purcell announced he would challenge Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo). Purcell is the first Democrat to seek the seat since 2008 and only the second Democrat to run since 1992.
HD109 open: Dallas business owner Victoria Walton filed in the Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto).
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