HD46 special: Travis Co. Democratic Party Chair Vincent Harding announced he would not seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). Attorney and former Austin council member Sheryl Cole, medical management consultant and Manor ISD trustee Ana Cortez, Austin software executive Nnamdi Orakwue and Austin attorney Chito Vela filed campaign treasurer appointments with the Texas Ethics Commission. Others may have, but the commission’s report on candidate PAC filings has not been updated in more than a month.

Republican Gabe Nila, who received 19% of the vote in the general election, has already announced for the race. Two-time Libertarian nominee Kevin Ludlow and Austin criminal defense attorney Adam Reposa, the Green Party’s 2016 nominee for CCA2, are also expected to run (Reposa’s new Twitter handle is labeled “Adam Reposa, D46”.).

House Speaker: Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) remains unopposed with less than one week to go before the 85th Legislature, Regular Session begins. Candidates for Speaker are required to file paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission. None have filed to date.

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