Early Voting continues for the May 6 local elections in jurisdictions holding them.
AG: Attorneys representing Attorney General Ken Paxton continue to seek another judge for his criminal securities fraud trial, which was relocated to Harris Co. by District Judge George Gallagher. A letter sent to Harris Co. District Clerk Chris Daniel asked him to assign the case “as it would with any new criminal case.” Criminal trials in Harris Co. are ordinarily assigned randomly to district judges.
CD2: Spring resident James Graf filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) as a Democrat.
CD31: Leander physician Christine Mann filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) as a Democrat.
Dallas Co.: Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel has resigned to run for an open Dallas Co. Commissioner seat, reported the Dallas Morning News’s Ray Leszcynski. Incumbent Comm. Mike Cantrell has said he would not seek re-election. Gottel has been mayor since 2011 after serving four years on the Rowlett council. His term is not up until 2019, at which point he would be term-limited. Gottel will continue to serve as mayor until a replacement is elected. Dallas attorney J.J. Koch is already running for the lone Republican seat on the Commissioner’s Court. Garland council member Stephen Stanley, who did not seek re-election this year, is also expected to run.
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