Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury) will seek re-election after all, making the announcement just two days after announcing he would run for county office. The two-term representative and chair of the House Freedom Caucus had previously announced plans for re-election and been endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC.

Shortly thereafter, Abbott tweeted it was “good to see [Lang] is back in the fight.”

HD28 special: The Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsed Eliz Markowitz.

HD41: Edinburg resident Richard Gonzales established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-Mission). We were unable to identify him conclusively, but an Edinburg attorney with the same name ran unsuccessfully for open Edinburg council P1 in 2017 (40%).

HD100 special: The Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsed Lorraine Birabil.

HD148 special: The Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsed Rob Block and Kendra Yarbrough Camarena.

CD11 open: Midland physician Richard Bartlett has withdrawn from the race to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland), siting the recent entry of a “like-minded Odessa leader” into the race, likely a reference to Odessa Christian nonprofit founder James Berryhill.

CD14: League City technology entrepreneur Joshua Foxworth established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland).

El Paso: Former council member Cassandra Hernandez drew the first spot on the special election ballot to fill her unexpired term. She faces Ana Duenez, Robert Vandivort and William Veliz in the November 5 special election. A divided city council determined she had resigned her office automatically when a Facebook page for her possible mayoral campaign was inadvertently published by a campaign volunteer.

Forest Hill: A grand jury indicted Mayor Gerald Joubert on charges of tampering with a governmental record in connection with an attempt to recall a former council member. Joubert, who has denied any wrong-doing, was elected in a June runoff after the previous mayor, Lyndia Thomas, resigned in January following accusations she used city funds to purchase event tickets. Joubert was mayor for six years but lost his 2017 re-election bid to Thomas by two votes.

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