The filing deadline for a spot on the 2018 primary ballot has passed, but the candidate rosters are not yet finalized. The parties had until today to submit their final certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State.

CD27 open: James Dickey, the Republican Party of Texas Chair, moved to dismiss his lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State seeking, in effect, to have U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold’s (R-Corpus Christi) name removed from the primary ballot. His motion was granted without objection from the state. It was unclear whether the party would include or omit Farenthold’s name from its certified candidate list. Farenthold formally withdrew from the race after the statutory deadline to have his name removed from the ballot. Leaving his name off the certified candidate list could open up the primary result to a legal challenge.

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

Ruth Jones McClendon

HD120: Former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) has passed away. She represented HD120 from 1997 until her resignation in 2016.

In a statement, Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) called her “a tireless fighter for justice …, a person of principle and decency.” On Facebook, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) said, “She was a powerful public servant who used her voice to lift up communities that were too often ignored.”

She was 74.

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