GOV: Austin Democratic Party activist Garry Brown established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a Democrat. Brown ran unsuccessfully for Travis Co. Commissioner in 2014, receiving 14% of the vote in a three-way primary.

Rep. Ryan Guillen

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Lisa Garza

HD31: 229th District Judge Ana Lisa Garza has resigned and announced she would challenge Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) in the Democratic primary. Guillen, who intends to seek re-election, has not faced a primary opponent since his initial election to the House in 2002. “I have made the very difficult decision of leaving this job that I love in order to continue to serve you in a position where I know I can speak for all of you,” she said in a statement. Garza has served JD229 – comprised of Duval, Jim Hogg and Starr Cos. – since her election in 2010. She was re-elected in 2014.

HD85: Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton) announced he would seek re-election.

HD113 open: Rowlett resident Billy Ingram’s campaign committee filing has been updated to indicate he would run in HD113, the seat being vacated by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale). We were still unable to determine his party affiliation, but campaign finance records indicate Ingram contributed to the campaign of Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) in 2016.

Upshur Co.: County Comm. Mike Spencer announced he would not seek re-election and is considering running for county judge. Incumbent County Judge Dean Fowler is not seeking re-election.

McAllen: Former Hidalgo Co. Republican Party Chair Javier Villalobos announced he would seek the vacant D1 council seat in a January special election. He joins physician Joseph Caporusso and businessman Timothy Watkins. The seat is open because Richard Cortez is running for Hidalgo County Judge.

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