SD30 special: Associated Republicans of Texas PAC endorsed Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster).

The Shelley Luther campaign released a new ad, “Drain the Swamp,” featuring her father accusing Springer of “lying about my daughter.”

Last week, Springer’s campaign released an ad, “Lydia’s Story,” featuring his wife describing his commitment to their family.

Early voting begins Monday.

Campaign Finance: Post-general campaign finance reports are due tomorrow (Thursday) for federal candidates on the November 3 ballot. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between October 15 and November 23. For most reporting candidates, these will mark the end of the two-year election cycle. Texas Election Source begins and ends election cycles on January 1 of odd-numbered years, so our final 2020 Crib Sheets will not match FEC election cycle totals for some-to-many candidates.

Harris County: The Commissioners Court declined to take action on Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton’s (R) letter demanding the county take “corrective action” regarding its creation of an election administrator’s office and appointment of Isabel Longoria. In a letter, Paxton argued that the office “does not exist” because the county did not inform the Secretary of State’s office about its creation within a statutory deadline to do so. County Attorney Vince Ryan (D) said the fact that the notification was not timely has no effect on the validity of the appointment. More than 100 Texas counties have a separate elections administration office that fulfills the election duties of the county clerk and, in many cases, the voter registration duties of the tax assessor-collector. Paxton indicated the state might take legal action in the coming weeks.

McKinney: The city council appointed Chris Thornton to succeed La’Shadion Shemwell, who was recalled in the Novemebr election. Thornton will serve until the next council election, which is in May 2021.

San Antonio: Former council member Greg Brockhouse is expected to challenge Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who defeated Brockhouse in a 2019 runoff, 51%-49%. According to the San Antonio Express-News’s Gilbert Garcia, Brockhouse “will present himself as a conservative insurgent.”

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