SD2: Kendall Scudder, community services manager for a Dallas affordable housing organization, formally announced he would challenge Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) as a Democrat. We previously reported Scudder’s filing of campaign treasurer paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission.

SD19: Numerous media outlets reported that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service took documents from the law offices of Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into Uresti’s relationship with FourWinds Logistics, a bankrupt frac-sand company accused of defrauding investors. In a statement, Uresti said he instructed his “staff to fully cooperate” with investigators, adding “I will help [the investigators] in whatever way I can.” In September, Uresti amended his 2015 personal financial statement to reflect a loan from the company that he had previously disclosed in a prior-year statement. Uresti won re-election in November, 56%-40%, to a four-year term.

HD97: Fort Worth resident Seth Martin has filed paperwork establishing a campaign account to challenge Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth). A Fort Worth digital marketer with the same name has Instagram and Twitter accounts consistent with a Democratic candidate-to-be.

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