HD68 special: Jacksboro financial planner John Berry, a former Jack County Commissioner, and Nocona boot manufacturer Craig Carter have filed as Republicans for the January 23 special election.

Berry was appointed in 2017 to fill an unexpired term and lost the 2018 Republican primary by 10 votes. Carter has twice unsuccessfully sought SD30, losing the 2018 Republican primary (15%) and the 2020 special election (5%).

Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley (R) and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller (R) have previously announced their candidacies. Monday is the deadline for candidates to file with the Secretary of State. Early voting begins January 11.

Census Delay: The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will miss a December 31 deadline to provide President Trump with population counts to be used for congressional apportionment. “Project dates are fluid,” the bureau said in a statement.

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