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GOV: Retired San Antonio educator Grady Yarbrough, the 2016 Democratic nominee for Railroad Commission, filed for governor. Yarbrough won the primary runoff over Cody Garrett after finishing first in a three-way primary that eliminated former Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth). Yarbrough lost the 2012 Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate to former Rep. Paul Sadler (R-Henderson), 63%-37%, and lost the 1994 Democratic primary for state treasurer to incumbent Martha Whitehead, 66%-34%. Yarbrough also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nominations for land commissioner in 1986 and 1990, losing both in runoffs (36% and 33%, respectively).
Meanwhile, Dallas financial analyst Adrian Ocegueda established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a Democrat. Also, Abbott filed for re-election on Saturday,
SD8 open: Dallas Co. Republican Chair Phillip Huffines announced he would resign as of the party’s November 20 executive meeting. Huffines is seeking the seat being vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano).
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