SD8: Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) announced he would not seek the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). “I feel led to remain right where I am and continue to fight for the conservative cause in the House,” Leach said in a Facebook post. “I look forward to running for re-election.” Dallas Co. Republican chair Phillip Huffines, brother of Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), has announced for the race. Leach and Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) were considered potential candidates. Shaheen has not yet announced his plans for 2018.
SD16: Dallas criminal defense attorney and Democratic precinct chair Joseph Bogen has established a state campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas). He is the second to do so, joining attorney Nathan Johnson, who we believe is seeking this seat and not HD16, which is listed on his campaign treasurer appointment.
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