In a reversal, the Trump Administration is once again pursuing the inclusion of a citizenship question on the Census form sent to all households, even as printing of those forms without the question continues. A new team of attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department has taken over the case for the government. President Trump also suggested he would consider signing an executive order on the subject. A week ago, the Commerce Department appeared to concede defeat after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled its rationale for including the question was “contrived.”
HD10 open: Midlothian business owner and former Naval fighter pilot Jake Ellzey said he intends to make a formal campaign announcement this week. Ellzey unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for open HD10 in 2014 (16%) and unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for open CD6 in 2018, losing the runoff to Ron Wright, 52%-48%.
HD26: Democratic challenger Rish Oberoi announced his campaign raised $53K during the last two months. Oberoi, who is seeking to become the first Indian-American to serve in the House, has already raised more for this race than past Democratic nominee Sarah DeMerchant for her entire 2018 ($37K) and 2016 ($37K) challenges, and 2014 Democratic nominee Amber Paaso ($6K) for her campaign. DeMerchant is also seeking the Democratic nomination.
HD45?: Dripping Springs resident Holly Newton established a campaign committee for a state representative race but did not appear to identify the district in which she would run. We were unable to identify the candidate conclusively. Dripping Springs is located in HD45, currently represented by Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Dripping Springs).
HD84: Lubbock resident Samantha Fields re-established her campaign committee, but her social media channels do not give the impression that she is seeking a rematch against Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock). However, because of the timing of the filing, we have added Fields to our Crib Sheets.
HD106?: Denton resident Harold Trombley established a campaign committee for a state representative race but did not appear to identify the district in which he would run. We were unable to identify the candidate conclusively. Appraisal district records indicate someone with that name owns property in HD106, currently held by Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco).
Denton: D2 council member Keely Briggs announced she would run for mayor in 2020. Mayor Chris Watts is term-limited. Briggs must resign to run, but the city charter allows her to hold off on resigning until Election Day. Briggs was unopposed for re-election in May.
Midland: D3 council member Sharla Hotchkiss announced she would not seek re-election to a third term.
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