CD2 open: Houston attorney amd former surgeon Jon Spiers filed in the Republican primary to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble), becoming the seventh Republican to do so.

CD6 open: Mel Hassell and Troy Ratterree filed in the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis). We were unable to identify them conclusively.

CD21 open: Chip Roy, an Austin political consultant and former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), announced he would seek the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio). Roy’s campaign team includes Cruz campaign alums Jordan Berry, John Drogin and Jason Johnson. Meanwhile, Jenifer Sarver, an Austin media consultant and former speechwriter for former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), also announced she would seek the Republican nomination. Also, an individual named Peggy Wardlaw also filed in the Republican primary. We were unable to identify her conclusively. At least 16 people have taken a formal step toward running for the seat as a Republican.

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