An arrest warrant has been issued for Rep. Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass), who has been charged with a third-degree felony for possessing between one and four grams of cocaine. Nevárez was caught on surveillance video dropping an envelope containing cocaine at the Austin airport about two months ago. Nevárez, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election, said he plans to seek addiction treatment, according to the Texas Tribune’s Cassandra Pollock.
Meanwhile, former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) announced he is “neither gauging support nor running for” Nevárez’s seat, which Gallego held for 11 terms before running for Congress. Gallego tweeted he would support Del Rio council member Rowland Garza.
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SD4: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) for re-election.
HD3: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia) for re-election.
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