Filing for the 2020 election is underway. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 280 candidates have already filed.

New Republican PAC: Several House Republicans have launched the Leading Texas Forward PAC to defend the party’s legislative majority. Reps. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) are listed as the PAC’s contribution and expenditure “decision makers.” The standard form only permits the listing of five names, but other members are expected to be involved. Republican strategist Karl Rove is its treasurer. The PAC has set a $5M fundraising goal for the election cycle.

RRC: Austin oil and gas analyst Matthew Sterett announced he challenge Comm. Ryan Sitton (R) as a Libertarian. Meanwhile, Houston resident Charles R. Stevens established a campaign committee for the race. We were unable to identify him conclusively.

HD21: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Port Neches) for re-election.

HD25 open: Freeport Mayor and former Brazosport ISD board member Troy Brimage announced and filed for the seat being vacated by Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as a Republican. Brimage, a business owner and former police officer, was first elected mayor in 2017 (59%) and re-elected in May (72%).

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