CD2 open: Houston educator and Annie’s List steering committee* member Silky Malik established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) as a Democrat. She is at least the seventh Democrat to take a formal step toward running for the seat. Please see our Crib Sheets for a candidate list.

CD5 open: Dallas Republican fundraiser and campaign consultant Bunni Pounds established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas). Pounds was Hensarling’s campaign manager and fundraiser before launching her firm. According to its web site, the firm’s current clients include Hensarling; Sens. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville), Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) and Van Taylor (R-Plano); Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler); and House candidates Thomas McNutt, Jared Patterson, Marty Reid and Bryan Slaton. She is at least the fifth Republican to take a formal step toward running for the seat.

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