GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a “special announcement,” widely expected to be an announcement for his re-election campaign, in San Antonio on July 14.

LTGOV: Former Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) has taken to Facebook to seek “candid input” on whether he should run against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). “The selfish side of me says no,” Vaught said in the post. “The other side of me says Texas is sliding downhill … and that I should step forward although that means I will be away from my family and job that pays the bills.” As of 8:45 p.m., the post had been up for nine hours and received 22 mostly encouraging comments. We previously reported Vaught’s updating of his campaign account for a potential race against Patrick and his announcement he was not “closing the door” on the race after the entry of Mike Collier, the 2014 Democratic nominee for comptroller.

HD128: Baytown council member Terry Sain announced he would challenge Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) in the Republican primary. We previously reported Sain’s filing of a campaign treasurer appointment and Cain’s re-election announcement.

CD23: Former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) filed paperwork establishing an exploratory committee for a potential fourth run for the seat and third against U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio).

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