Note: This will be our last update before the Easter weekend. Updates will resume next week.

AG: District Judge George Gallagher’s spokeswoman said he “anticipates remaining the judge” to preside over the case. Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal team asked that a new judge be assigned to the case after Gallagher announced he would move the trial to Harris Co. from Collin Co.

SD16: Yesterday, we reported a Nathan Johnson had filed a campaign treasurer appointment for a potential race in HD16. Information provided by a longtime subscriber indicates he may be a Dallas attorney eying SD16, which is held by Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas). If so, he would likely run as a Democrat.

Updated June 17: Nathan Johnson’s campaign treasurer appointment form accurately listed SD16 under “office sought,” but it was erroneously listed under HD16 in the Ethics Commission’s reports on active CTAs. That error has since been corrected. He is indeed a Dallas attorney challenging Huffines as a Democrat.

HD19: Yesterday, we reported a Sherry Ann Williams had filed a campaign treasurer appointment for a potential race against Rep. James White (R-Hilister). She may be a Sour Lake librarian, and, if so, her Facebook feed suggests she would run as a Democrat.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Melissa Havrda for the city council seat being vacated by term-limited Ray Lopez (D6).

Temple: A special election will be required to fill a city council seat because the only candidate who filed for it will not accept the office for “personal reasons.” The council will meet next week to call the special election, which is expected to occur June 24. The current council member, Judy Morales, could have run for re-election but opted not to run for a third term. She said she would run in the special election if no other candidates emerge. Ironically, the council cancelled its May elections because only one candidate filed for each of the three seats up for election.

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