Friday is the deadline for candidates to file for local offices on the May 2 general election ballot.

HD45: The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) and Bud Wymore (R) for their respective party’s nominations.

HD47: The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Jenny Roan Forgey for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin).

HD49: The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Jenai Aragona-Hales for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin).

HD65: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will headline a get out the vote and fundraising reception for Kronda Thimesch in Highland Village on Monday, the day before early voting begins. Abbott has previously endorsed Thimsech for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton). Abbott is also set to appear at campaign events for Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland) in HD112 and Will Douglas in HD113 on Saturday and for Luisa del Rosal in HD114 on Sunday.

SC6, SC8: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Larry Praeger and 3rd Court of Appeals Justice Gisela Triana for the Democratic nominations for Place 6 and Place 8, respectively.

CD7: President Trump endorsed Wesley Hunt for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston).

CD11 open: President Trump endorsed August Pfluger to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland).

CD24 open: President Trump endorsed former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Coppell). Van Duyne was a regional administrator for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump Administration.

CD28: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) has gone negative against primary challenger Jessica Cisneros. A new ad contrasts their positions of abortion, their bases of support and the oil and gas industry. We noted in yesterday’s report that U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) had gone negative against her primary opponent, former Colleyville council member Chris Putnam.

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