Filing for the 2020 election is underway. We typically do not list candidates who have filed in these reports unless we have not previously mentioned him or her. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 96 candidates have already filed.

SD11: Pearland resident Margarita Ruiz Johnson filed to challenge Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) as a Democrat. She unsuccessfully sought the 2018 Democratic nomination for CD22 (13%).

SD12: Lewisville remodeling company owner Gary Brown re-authorized his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). Brown unsuccessfully ran for open HD65 in 2012, losing to Ron Simmons, 59%-39%.

HD30: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) for re-election.

HD72: San Angelo photographer Lynette Lucas filed to challenge Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) in the Republican primary. Lucas campaigned for the seat in 2017 but failed to meet the filing deadline.

HD74 open: Following Rep. Poncho Nevárez’s (D-Eagle Pass) late decision not to seek re-election, a few potential candidates are exploring the race, including Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey Cantu, Del Rio council member Rowland Garza and Eagle Pass attorney Eddie Morales. Quorum Report’s Scott Braddock tweeted that former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), who represented the district for 11 terms, may also be exploring a comeback.

CD13 open: Amarillo business chamber office manager Gus Trujillo established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) as a Democrat.

CD32: Dallas resident Jon Hollis established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) as a Republican.

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