GOV: Houston resident Demetria Smith reauthorized her campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R), likely as a Democrat. She unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston) in the 2016 Democratic primary for HD149, receiving 35% of the vote. She finished 9th out of 13 candidates for mayor of Houston in 2015, receiving less than 0.5% of the vote. She finished 8th out of 12 candidates for an open Houston council seat (DD) in 2013, receiving 3% of the vote. According to the Texas Ethics Commission’s list of delinquent filers, Smith’s campaign owes $21K in fines as of July 25.

HD4: Forney pastor Marty Reid established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell). In April 2015, Reid gave the invocation during a session of the Texas House after being introduced by former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman), whom Gooden defeated in their 2016 primary rematch, 52%-48%. Spitzer called Reid “a wonderful man and wonderful patriot” during his introduction.

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