Correction: In yesterday’s edition, we erroneously indicated Jacey Jetton was running for Congress when we reported that U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) had endorsed him. Jetton is running to succeed the retiring state Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land). We regret the error and have corrected the story online.
Filing period: Monday is the deadline for candidates to file for a spot on the Democratic or Republican primary ballot or to be considered for nomination at a minor party convention. As of the end of today (Saturday), at least 559 people have filed for federal, statewide or legislative office as a Republican or Democrat. Our Crib Sheets show the filing status for the candidates we are tracking.
We expect tomorrow (Sunday) to be fairly quiet, and we anticipate a late rush of candidates filing right on the deadline. As of this moment, all incumbents who have announced plans to seek re-election have filed except possibly for three members of Congress: U.S. Reps. Colin Allred (D-Dallas), Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and Ron Wright (R-Arlington). It is possible Allred and Castro could have filed at their county party office and that information has not been reported. In general, we are seeing much less information about candidate filings at the local level than in past years.
Because of the expected high volume of filings on Monday, and the fact that we have very little information on Libertarian and Green Party filing activity, we expect it will take us up to a week to capture all of the filed candidates in our Crib Sheets.
RRC: Dallas attorney Mark Watson filed as a Democrat to challenge Comm. Ryan Sitton (R).
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