Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) has invited supporters to an “important announcement” and press conference in Harlingen tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Some capitol insiders believe he will announce his retirement. Lucio was first elected to SD27 (Lean D) in 1990 following two terms in the House.
Lake City Republican precinct chair Israel O. Salinas established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat.
LAND open (Likely R): Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker told the Houston Chronicle’s Jasper Scherer that she was considering a run for office as a Democrat.
RRC (Likely R): Houston oil and gas management consultant Thomas Slocum established a campaign committee for what we believe would be a potential primary challenge of Comm. Wayne Christian (R).
SD31 open (Safe R): Amarillo attorney Jesse Quackenbush re-established his campaign committee for a potential run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo). Quackenbush unsuccessfully sought the seat in a 2004 special election (2%).
HD31 (Lean R): Floresville construction firm executive Michael Monreal established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) as a Republican.
HD49 (Safe D): In an email to supporters, Rep. Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin) said she would seek re-election.
HD62 (Safe R): Bonham manufacturing business owner Kevin George established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Reggie Smith (R-Van Alstyne). We were unable to determine his political affiliation conclusively.
CD2 (Safe R): The Woodlands Democratic activist Robin Fulford established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston).
CD23 (Lean R): Concan dentist Alma Arredondo-Lynch reauthorized her campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-San Antonio). Arredondo-Lynch unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the seat in 2020, finishing third with 13%, and endorsed Gonzales. She received 20% of the vote in an unsuccessful primary challenge of then-U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) in 2018.
Redistricting: The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) filed federal and state lawsuits challenging the redistricting plans passed last month during the third special session.
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