HD118 special: As expected, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered the special runoff election to coincide with the November 2 constitutional amendment and general elections. As with those elections, early voting will begin on October 18. While the election was not ordered until today, the campaign of former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) reportedly had that date in its campaign materials last week.
HD10: Rep.-elect Brian Harrison (R-Waxahachie) will be sworn in tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. on the House floor.
HD76 open: Sugar Land software developer Sarah DeMerchant announced she would run for what would be an open Fort Bend Co. district under the plan advanced by the House Redistricting Committee. DeMerchant was the Democratic nominee for HD26 for the last three general elections, receiving 48% of the vote in 2020 and 2018 and 42% in 2016. In 2020, DeMerchant won the Democratic runoff over Sugar Land physician Suleman Lalani, who last week announced he would run for HD76.
CD3: Former Collin County Judge Keith Self (R) established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano). Self, a retired Army officer, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected twice. He did not seek re-election in 2018 and instead explored a race for Congress but ultimately did not file for a spot on the ballot. In 2002, he sought what was then open CD26 and missed the Republican runoff by 93 votes. – 791293
CD28: Mission businessman and rancher Ed Cabrera established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) as a Republican.
Redistricting: The House will take up House Bill 1 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), its redistricting proposal for itself, tomorrow (Tuesday). Sixty-two amendments were pre-filed, as required by a rule approved by the House Calendars Committee. Republicans filed 21 of those amendments.
The House Redistricting Committee approved Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which is the Senate’s redistricting proposal for itself, without amendments on a party-line 8-6 vote.
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