Filing for the 2020 primary elections and nominating conventions continues through December 9. We expect this to be a busy week, and we would not be surprised if a third of all candidates file on the last day. Our Crib Sheets will keep track of candidates of whose filings we are aware. As we have previously mentioned, we are not seeing as much local information on filings as in years past. To date, at least 371 people have filed for federal, statewide or legislative office.
SD12: Grapevine automotive customer associate and Democratic precinct chair Shadi Zitoon established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound).
HD79: El Paso resident Osvaldo Carrasco established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Art Fierro (D-El Paso). We were unable to identify him conclusively. 84364
HD85: Louise resident Joey Cardenas III filed as a Democrat to challenge Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton).
HD120: San Antonio retired Army veteran Roland Payne filed as a Republican to challenge Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio).
CD13 open: Henrietta attorney Diane Knowlton established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) as a Republican. She is at least the 12th Republican to take a formal step toward seeking the seat.
CD17 open: Hearne native and Houston retired business owner William Foster III filed to run as a Democrat. Foster serves on the board of directors of the Prairie View Federal Credit Union.
CD20: San Antionio retired Air Force veteran Rob Hostetler filed as Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) in the primary.
TBD: Austin resident Robert Reynolds established a campaign committee for a state office but did not appear to indicate which office he might seek. We were unable to identify him conclusively.
Houston: The day before Thanksgiving saw just under 10K voters cast ballots in the mayoral and council runoffs, about 3K fewer than the first day of the early voting period for the general election. Early voting reopens tomorrow (Monday) and runs through December 10.
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