HD4: Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) confirmed he would seek re-election. Gooden has two announced primary challengers: Forney pastor Marty Reid and former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman), who has faced Gooden in every Republican primary for the seat since 2012. Gooden won in 2012 and 2016, and Spitzer won in 2014.
HD62: Sherman attorney and Grayson Co. Republican Party chair Reggie Smith announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), who has endorsed him. We previously reported that Smith had formed a campaign committee.
HD84: Lubbock Democratic Party activist Samantha Fields announced she would challenge Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock). We previously reported that she had established a campaign committee.
HD147: Houston neighborhood advocate and Republican precinct chair Thomas Wang established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston).
CD35: U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) confirmed he would seek re-election.
FEC Nominee: President Trump has nominated Austin attorney and former legislative aide Trey Trainor to fill an unexpired term on the Federal Election Commission. It was not clear from the White House’s announcement whose term Trainor will fill. There is a vacancy on the commission, but it cannot be filled with a Republican. By law, the commission cannot have more than three members from the same political party, and there are currently three Republicans serving on the commission. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.
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