Updated Jan. 18 with new information on one of the new filed candidates.

The filing period for local offices on the May 5 uniform election ballot begins Wednesday and runs until February 16. Sixty of the state’s 100 most populous cities have at least one office up for election. See our list here.

Campaign Finance

Semiannual campaign finance reports are due for state officeholders and candidates (and local candidates where required) tomorrow. January semiannual reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between July 1 (or the date the campaign account was established) and December 31. These reports typically become available online by Wednesday, and we will begin analyzing them for key primary races and updating our Crib Sheets at that time. Because of the large volume of candidates, we expect it will take us a few days to complete our Crib Sheet updates.

GOV: Houston entrepreneur Andrew White’s campaign announced he raised $219K during the last few weeks of December from more than 200 donors.

Former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez reported $46K in contributions between December 6 and the end of the year and has $40K on hand. Valdez’s cash-on-hand figure is more than 1,000 times less than Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will report having on hand.

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