CD24 open: U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Coppell) announced he would not seek re-election to an eighth term.

“I want to thank the constituents of the 24th District of Texas for letting me serve,” Marchant said in a statement. “I look forward to being back in Texas fulltime.”

Marchant is the fourth Texas Republican member of Congress to make a retirement announcement in two weeks, joining U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Midland), Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) and Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land).

Meanwhile, former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne announced she will seek the seat and is expected to make a formal announcement soon. Van Duyne recently left the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, where she was a regional director. Van Duyne served two terms as mayor and did not seek re-election in 2017.

Elsewhere, former Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) said, “running for Congress just doesn’t interest me,” and former Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) indicated he has received calls about the race but has made no decision on it. Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant, the Congressman’s son, is also reportedly considering the race.

CD33: Yesterday, we reported that 2018 primary challenger Carlos Quintanilla updated his campaign committee for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth), which he did. However, we erroneously reported he was seeking a rematch in the Democratic primary. Quintanilla is instead running as an independent.

Meanwhile, Irving resident Richard Helms established a campaign committee to challenge Veasey as a Republican.

Filing Period: Two weeks remain for candidates to file for a place on the November 5 ballot.

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