With federal and state campaign finance reporting periods now closed, and the Independence Day weekend upon us, we anticipate a significant number of new candidates to announce their plans and file campaign paperwork over the next few weeks.

GOV: San Antonio hospice chaplain and 2016 Democratic nominee for CD21 (36%) Tom Wakely said via Twitter that he was “considering running as a Berniecrat for Texas Governor.” As far as we can tell, he is the first Democrat to indicate he may challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Last month, Wakely dropped out of the crowded Democratic primary race for CD21 and endorsed Rixi Melton.

https://twitter.com/TexansforTom/status/881533124475310080

LTGOV: Petersburg resident and Libertarian Party activist Kerry McKennon reinstated his campaign account but did not indicate which office he might be seeking. His campaign’s Facebook page indicates he “is considering running in 2018” for an unspecified office. A web site that appears to be for his campaign indicates ccording to his web site, he is “looking to run for Lt. Governor.” McKennon ran unsuccessfully for HD88 as a Libertarian in 2014, receiving 7% of the vote against Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian).

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