Early voting concludes tomorrow in jurisdictions holding June 10 runoff elections and continues in jurisdictions holding June 17 runoff elections.

SD10: Burleson real estate developer and Burleson ISD trustee Beverly Powell has established an ActBlue fundraising page for a potential challenge to Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville). She was first elected to the school board in 2007.

HD99: The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek tweeted that Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) “plans to seek re-election” while his 2016 primary opponent, Fort Worth businessman Bo French, “says he likely won’t run again.” Geren defeated French, 58%-42%, in one of the state’s most expensive primary races. The candidates combined raised and spent more than $1.6M. French’s Facebook page has been sporadically critical of Geren over the last few months.

Rep. Charlie Geren’s Republican Primary History

2016 – defeated Bo French, 58%-42%
2014 – unopposed
2012 – unopposed
2010 – defeated Matt Krause, 58%-42%
2008 – defeated Tom Annunziato, 58%-42%
2006 – defeated Chris Hatley, 55%-42% (Colby Brown received 3%)
2004 – unopposed
2002 – unopposed
2000 – unopposed

ED7: State Board of Education member David Bradley (R-Beaumont) announced he would not seek re-election. Friendswood ISD board member Matt Robinson, who filed paperwork establishing his campaign committee in March, announced his candidacy and Bradley’s endorsement. Bradley was first elected to the board in 1996.

El Paso Co.: County Judge Veronica Escobar announced she would not seek re-election. She is widely expected to run for CD16, the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), but she has not confirmed that she will run. Escobar was first elected county judge in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

San Antonio: Outgoing council members Mike Gallagher, Joe Krier and Ray Lopez endorsed Mayor Ivy Taylor.

Racial Gerrymandering: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a lower court’s ruling that 28 of North Carolina’s state legislative districts were unconstitutionally drawn on the basis of race. The decision sends the case back to the federal Middle District Court to establish a time frame for drawing new districts and holding elections. That court originally sought to have special elections this year, but the Supreme Court issued a stay in January. In today’s ruling, the Supreme Court said the district court did not give sufficient justification to order special elections. Earlier this year, the Court affirmed a lower court ruling that two of the state’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn on the basis of race.

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