HD13: Rep. Ben Leman (R-Iola) took the oath of office today and will serve the remainder of former Rep. Leighton Schubert’s (R-Caldwell) term.
Leman defeated Jill Wolfskill, 57%-43%, in the Republican runoff. Wolfskill withdrew from the special runoff election, leaving Leman as the sole candidate. Leman faces Carmine engineer Cecil Webster in the general election.
HD114 open: The Dallas Fire Fighters Assoc. endorsed Democrat John Turner over Republican Lisa Luby Ryan, who defeated Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) in the primary.
CD9: Kesha Rogers, a two-time Democratic nominee for CD22, said she has filed her petition and signatures to run as an independent in the general election. An independent candidate for Congress must submit at least 500 signatures from voters who did not participate in a party’s nominating process for the particular office (In other words, Republican primary voters could sign her petition, because no Republican candidate filed for the seat.). Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche enthusiast, is challenging U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Houston) and Libertarian Phil Kurtz. Houston Health Department CFO Benjamin Hernandez is also seeking to run as an independent.
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