CD23: Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer from San Antonio, announced she will challenge U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) has formed an exploratory committee for what would be a third race against Hurd, and Boerne construction manager Devin Fitzpatrick has launched a web site declaring himself a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination. Other Democrats believed to be considering the race are Judy Canales, a former U.S. Dept. of Agriculture appointee from Eagle Pass, and San Antonio federal prosecutor Jay Hulings.
CD32: Dallas resident David Dean Henry established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) as a Democrat. He is at least the 10th person to take a formal step toward running in the Democratic primary.
See our 2018 Challengers page for all 221 challengers and open-seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.
Fort Bend Co.: District Attorney John Healey (R) announced he would not seek re-election. Healey has served as the fast-growing county’s top prosecutor since 1992, winning re-election six times, most recently in 2014 (58%).
Weslaco: Former Rep. Miguel Wise (D-Weslaco) has filed for a seat on the city council. Wise is challenging incumbent D2 council member Greg Kerr. Wise served in the Texas House from 1997 until he was defeated in the 2004 Democratic primary by Rep. Mando Martinez, 53%-47%. Wise was elected mayor of Weslaco in 2010. He resigned in late 2013 to run unsuccessfully for district judge. He currently serves as a municipal court judge.
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