Early Congressional Challengers: At least four Texans have already filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to launch their 2018 campaigns against Texas congressional incumbents:

  • CD6: Arlington locksmith Justin Snider has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) as a Democrat. His campaign’s Facebook page says Snider was a volunteer on the Bernie Sanders campaign and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. It appears to be his first run for office. Barton received 58% of the vote in the 2016 general election.
  • CD18: Republicans Lori Bartley and Ava Pate have filed for a primary rematch with hopes of challenging Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston). Bartley defeated Pate, 58%-42%, in the 2016 Republican runoff for the seat before losing to Jackson Lee, 73%-24%.
  • CD32: Richardson resident Danielle Pellett filed as a Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas). No Democrat ran for the seat in 2016.

Tarleton State Univ. student Michael Moates has filed an even earlier challenge. He has already filed paperwork to run in the 2020 Republican primary for CD24, a seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Carrollton).

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