HD68: Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) announced he would seek re-election. Rotan resident Andrew Nelson has announced his intention to be the first Democrat to seek the seat since 2002. By our measure, HD68 is the second reddest district in the state.

HD92 open: Bedford business owner and former council member Luke Cason re-established his campaign committee and formally announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford). In a press release issued by Luke Macias, Cason described himself as a “committed Conservative” who is “deeply concerned about the current size, transparency and cost of government.” Cason unsuccessfully challenged then-Rep. Todd Smith (R-Euless) in the 2010 Republican primary (41%) for the seat. In a Facebook post, Stickland said he was “very happy” to see Cason running to “keep conservative representation in our community.”

Cason raised $99K for his 2010 primary challenge of Smith, including $22K from Citizen Leader PAC, $18K from Empower Texans PAC and $13K from Kyle Stallings, a longtime significant donor to Empower Texans PAC. The Citizen Leader PAC was dissolved following the 2012 primary election. Its largest contributors in the 2010 cycle included real estate developers Harlan and Trammell Crow, Leo Linbeck III and Richard Weekley.

HD136: Austin biotechnology company executive Derrick Johns established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. John Bucy (D-Cedar Park), likely as a Libertarian.

CD24: The campaign of Democratic challenger Candace Valenzuela released a new ad, “Four Walls,” a biographical spot highlighting her journey overcoming hardships and establishing campaign themes.

Tyler: Dalila Reynoso, the third-place candidate in the May 4 election for city council D3, endorsed Pamela Phoenix over Shirley McKellar for Saturday’s runoff.

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