CCA: San Antonio attorney Jay Brandon reinitiated his state judicial campaign committee for a potential race for the Court of Criminal Appeals, but his campaign treasurer appointment did not specify which seat he may be seeking. Brandon ran unsuccessfully for the Fourth Court of Appeals, Place 2 in 2000 as a Republican, receiving 45% of the vote.

HD59: We now know that Dublin home builder Chris Evans is challenging Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) in the Republican primary thanks to a blog post on the Empower Texans web site. We previously reported that he filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Manny Pelaez in the D8 open seat runoff. The paper previously endorsed Pat Stout, who failed to make the runoff.

Republican Party: Rick Figueora, a party activist from Brenham, has filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission naming a campaign treasurer. Travis Co. Republican Party Chair James Dickey announced he would seek the position. The State Republican Executive Committee will elect an interim chair to succeed Mechler, who resigned on Saturday, at its June 3 quarterly meeting. Whoever the committee chooses will serve out the remainder of Mechler’s term, which expires next year. Mark Ramsey, an SREC member from Spring and chief of staff to Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring), said he would not seek the position.

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