Today (Wednesday) was the deadline for candidates to file for the HD28, HD100 and HD148 special elections, which will coincide with the November 5 constitutional amendment election.
Seven candidates filed to run for HD28, the seat being vacated by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond):
- Anna Allred (R), Houston anesthesiologist
- Gary Gates (R), Rosenberg real estate investor and former candidate for this seat three times, SD18 twice and RRC
- Gary Hale (R), Katy intelligence and polygraph business owner
- Tricia Krenek (R), Katy attorney
- Sarah Laningham (R), Richmond salesperson and unsuccessful 2018 primary challenger of John Raney (R-College Station) in HD14 (24%)
- Eliz Markowitz (D), Katy educator and 2018 Democratic nominee for ED7 (41%); and
- Clinton Purnell (R), Katy logistics and customs compliance specialist.
All of those candidates had filed prior to today.
Five candidates, all Democrats, filed to run for HD100, the seat vacated by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) when he became mayor of Dallas:
- James Armstrong III (D), Dallas nonprofit executive and pastor
- Lorraine Birabil (D), Dallas attorney and former aide to U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth)
- Daniel Clayton (D), Dallas business owner and former aide to Rep. Toni Rose (D-Dallas)
- Sandra Crenshaw (D), a former Dallas council member who lost the 2018 Democratic primary to Johnson, 71%-29%, and twice lost Democratic primaries for HD110; and
- Paul Stafford (D), a Dallas attorney who lost a 2014 race for HD115 (40%).
Several potential candidates formed campaign committees but did not ultimately enter the race, including former Rep. Samuel Hudson III (D-Dallas), who instead endorsed Birabil.
Fourteen candidates filed to run for HD148, the seat being vacated by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston):
- Rob Block (D), Houston firefighter
- Kendra Yarbrough Camarena (D), a Houston educator who lost a 2010 race for HD138 (35%)
- Chris Carmona (I), a Houston attorney and 2014 Republican nominee for the seat (40%)
- Carol Denson (D), Houston educator and former Houston ISD trustee
- Anna Eastman (D), Houston education consultant
- Adrian Garcia (D), a Houston paralegal who is no relation to the former Harris Co. Sheriff and current Harris Co. Comm. of the same name
- Terah Isaacson (D), Houston physician
- Michele Leal (D), Houston consultant
- Ryan McConnico (R), Houston consultant and 2018 Republican nominee for the seat (32%)
- Mia Mundy (D), a Houston executive search consultant who ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 special election for SD6 (2%)
- Luis La Rotta (R), Houston power generation engineer
- Penny “Morales” Shaw (D), a Houston attorney who lost a 2018 race for Harris Co. Comm. P4 (46%)
- Alva Treviño (D), Houston attorney; and
- Chris Watt (D), Houston attorney.
Half the field filed today. Houston community organizer Anna Nuñez established a campaign committee for the race but did not file for the special election. Houston ISD trustee Elizabeth Santos explored the race but ultimately did not file for it.
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