We are going to be off the grid for the next few days. We will catch everybody up on the week’s happenings when we return.
LTGOV: The Texas Parent PAC has placed its crosshairs on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “In 2018, the parents and grandparents of Texas must elect a new Lieutenant Governor and many new state senators and representatives,” said Carolyn Boyle, the group’s chair, in a message posted to its home page. Her message accompanied an op-ed by Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin (which appeared in the Austin American-Statesman last week) blaming Patrick for the failure of school finance reform. The group did not endorse a specific candidate running against Patrick. Instead it singled him out for defeat, the first time that the group has used such a tactic (as far as we can tell).
HD48: Austin psychological evaluator Zack Tedder filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) as a Republican.
HD78: Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) appears to be looking toward 2018.
— Joe Moody (@moodyforelpaso) June 11, 2017
HD138: Houston attorney Adam Milasincic filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), likely as a Democrat.
CD17: Paramedic Scott Sturm has set up a CrowdPAC page and Facebook page for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) as a Democrat. He switched to this race from CD21.
CD31: Georgetown tech business owner and unsuccessful 2016 Republican primary candidate (29%) Mike Sweeney has started a CrowdPAC page for a primary rematch against U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock).
See our 2018 Challengers page for all 155 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.