HD28 special: Rosenberg real estate investor Gary Gates announced he would run in the November 5 special election to succeed Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), who is resigning effective September 30. It would be his third try for the seat. Gates has spent more than $6.3M in several previous unsuccessful attempts at elective office:

  • $2.9M on a 2016 race for Railroad Commissioner, losing the 2016 Republican runoff to Wayne Christian, 51%-49%.
  • $2.4M on a 2014 special election for SD18, which he lost to then-Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), 56%-34%, wth three others combining for 10%.
  • $390K on a 2006 race for SD18, losing the Republican primary to then-Rep. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), 55%-36%.
  • $277K on a 2004 race for HD28, losing the Republican primary to Hegar, 61%-39%; and
  • $327K on a 2002 race for an open HD28 seat, losing the Republican runoff to Hegar, 58%-42%.

According to a press release announcing his candidacy, Gates and his family have lived in the district three decades.

HD64: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R) endorsed Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger) for re-election, and Stucky announced he would seek re-election.

HD65: Carrollton civil engineer and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD board member Nancy Cline established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) as a Republican. Cline was first elected to the CFBISD board in 2005.

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