Election News for June 26

HD3: Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia) announced he would seek re-election. HD16: Rep. Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) announced he would seek re-election. CD1: Tyler nurse Shirley McKellar has filed paperwork re-designating her federal campaign account for a fourth...

Election News for June 25

CD11: Llano rancher and former State Democratic Executive Committee member Jennie Lou Leeder has established a federal campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) as a Democrat. In 2016, she ran unsuccessfully for the open SD24...

Voter ID Schedule and Other Election News for June 22

Voter ID: U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered parties in the ongoing Voter ID suit to file briefs by July 5 discussing “the propriety and nature of relief” entitled by the plaintiffs and reply briefs by July 17. The court will not hold any new hearings on...

Denton Co. Votes for Paper Ballots

The state’s ninth most populous county will be going back to paper ballots beginning in 2018. The Denton Co. Commissioners Court voted to purchase a new voting tabulation system that produces and scans only paper ballots. The new Hart system will print ballots on...

Election News for June 21

HD46: Austin computer programmer and gay rights activist Michael Hendrix told the Austin American-Statesman’s Marty Toohey that he is considering a primary challenge of Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). HD47: Austin registered nurse and health policy consultant Candace...

(Re-)Election News for June 19

LAND: Land Comm. George P. Bush announced he would seek re-election. He has at least one primary opponent in Alvord surveyor Davey Edwards, who announced in February. Edwards filed his campaign treasurer appointment prior to the 2014 general election and has raised...

SCOTUS to Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in a Wisconsin case (Gill v. Whitford) on partisan gerrymandering, a highly watched case that could significantly alter the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. In November, a three-judge...

Cain, Meyer, Workman and Others Draw New Challengers

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 164 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018. GOV: Plano landscape and construction business owner Danny Harrison announced via...

Election News for June 17

Re-election Announcements: Reps. Doc Anderson (R-Lorena), Justin Holland (R-Heath), Dade Phelan (R-Port Neches) and John Wray (R-Waxahachie) recently announced they would seek re-election. We cover the week’s challenger filings in another post. LTGOV: Mike Collier, a...

New Challengers and Other Election News for June 11

LTGOV: The Texas Parent PAC has placed its crosshairs on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “In 2018, the parents and grandparents of Texas must elect a new Lieutenant Governor and many new state senators and representatives,” said Carolyn Boyle, the group’s chair, in a message...

Election News for June 8

SEN: Plano winemaker Maurice Ellison Armstrong created a CrowdPAC page for a potential challenge of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) as a Democrat. Bedford resident Aaron Gwaltney created a CrowdPAC page to run as an independent. CD10: Joe Miguez created a CrowdPAC page for a...