HD46: Republican Gabe Nila, who received 19% of the vote in the general election, said he intends to be a candidate for the 2017 special election that will be necessitated by Rep. Dawnna Dukes’s (D-Austin) expected resignation on January 10. He joins at two others who have publicly said they would seek the seat: attorney and former Austin council member Sheryl Cole and Austin attorney Chito Vela III. Austin political consultant Joe Deshotel (son of Rep. Joe Deshotel) and Travis Co. Democratic Party chair Vincent Harding have been mentioned as potential candidates.

Pre-filed Legislation: Today (Monday) was the first day that legislators and members-elect could file legislation for the upcoming legislative session. Numerous proposals were filed that could impact future elections, including various bills aimed at electronic and automatic voter registration. Other highlights include:

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