The campaign of Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) teased that it has scheduled a “BIG Campaign Announcement” for Saturday at its new campaign office in San Antonio. He is widely expected to announce a challenge of Sen. Pete Flores (R-San Antonio). Gutierrez unsuccessfully sought the seat in a 2018 special election necessitated by the resignation of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Gutierrez came in third with 24%, missing the runoff between eventual winner Flores (34%) and former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (29%).
Relative to the state, the precincts comprising SD19 have been slowly becoming more friendly to Republicans in general elections, moving from 15 points bluer than the state as a whole in 2002 to just 9 points bluer in 2018. The average statewide Democratic candidate received 55% of the vote, measured head-to-head against the Republicans, in 2018, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) carried the district over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 57%-42%, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez edged out Gov. Greg Abbott (R), 50%-48%. In 2016, Hillary Clinton (D) carried the district over Donald Trump (R), 53%-42%.
San Antonio business development manager and former council member Jennifer Ramos, who was an aide to Gutierrez when he was a San Antonio council member, and San Antonio business owner Liz Campos, Uresti’s former chief of staff, have already established campaign committees for Gutierrez’s House seat (HD119).
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One Texas PAC: Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) announced his One Texas PAC would aim “to bring a Democratic majority to the Texas House of Representatives.” Martinez Fischer said he would match the first $100K in contributions. Martinez Fischer first registered the PAC in 2012. Over its history, it has collected nearly $475K in contributions but just $10K since 2015.
HD4: Chandler resident Douglas Earnest re-established his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney). Earnest launched a write-in candidacy for the seat in 2018 but ultimately opted not to run. It is unclear if he will again run as a write-in or an independent, or if he will seek a partisan nomination.
HD14: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. John Raney (R-College Station) for re-election.
HD29: Pearland home health care manager Travis Boldt established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Ed Thompson (R-Pearland). Social media posts suggest he would run as a Democrat.
HD68: Gainesville history professor and attorney Patsy Ledbetter established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) as a Democrat.
TBD: Corpus Christi communications company owner Judith Cutright established a state campaign committee but did not appear to indicate which office she may seek. Cutright ran unsuccessfully for CD27 in a 2018 special election (<1%) as an independent.
CD22 open: The Kathaleen Wall (R) campaign released a new ad, “Give Glory to God, Then Come Back Home” focused on her faith and its role in key policy positions.
CD36: Jasper resident and former council member Rashad Lewis established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) as a Democrat. Lewis was elected to the council in 2017 as a write-in- candidate. He then lost a 2019 race for mayor (44%).
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