Special Session: The First Called Session of the Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill increasing penalties for committing mail-ballot fraud. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) also repeals a bill, which Abbott previously signed into law, passed during the regular session that permitted election officials to assist voters at nursing facilities.

GOV: Texas resident Daniel Ray Wooten established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R). We were unable to determine his hometown, profession or political affiliation definitively.

SD8: Richardson transgender activist Pamela Curry established a campaign committee and announced she would seek the Democratic nomination for the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), who is expected to run for Congress.

HD52: Round Rock medical researcher Christopher Ward established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock). In a Facebook post discussing the filing, Ward said the “path to fiscal responsibility, protection of property rights, and accountability will be cleared once again.” His Facebook page includes a number of shares from Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 235 challengers and open-seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.

Erath Co.: County Judge Tab Thompson and County Treasurer Donna Kelly announced they would not seek re-election.

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