One week remains for candidates to file for spots on the March 2020 primary ballot and minor party nominating conventions. See our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status.
There are 30 incumbents that we expect are seeking re-election for whom we have not seen a confirmation that they have filed:
- Statewide: Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Kevin Yeary (R)
- Senate: none
- House: Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg), Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville), John Frullo (R-Lubbock), Ana Hernandez (D-Houston), Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston), Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Terry Meza (D-Irving), Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Richardson), Richard Raymond (D-Laredo), Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), Carl Sherman (D-Dallas), Hugh Shine (R-Temple), James Talarico (D-Round Rock), Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) Armando Walle (D-Houston)
- Congress: U.S. Reps. Colin Allred (D-Dallas), Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock), Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston), Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston), Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler), Michael McCaul (R-Austin), Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) and Ron Wright (R-Arlington).
Most of these incumbents serve districts entirely located within one county, raising the prospects that the county party has not reported their filings online or to the Secretary of State. We have seen far less information about filed candidates at the local level this year than in previous years. Only a handful of local parties are posting candidate lists, and the Republican Party of Texas is the only state party posting lists of filings (as far as we can tell).
HD6: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) for re-election.
HD34: Corpus Christi electrician James Hernandez filed as a Republican to challenge Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown).
HD54: Harker Heights retired soldier Likeithia “Keke” Williams filed as a Democrat to challenge Rep. Brad Buckley (R-Salado).
HD69: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls) for re-election.
HD74 open: An individual named Luke Brown filed as a Republican to seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass). We were unable to identify him conclusively.
HD82: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) for re-election.
SEN: Horseshoe Bay resident Arjun Srinivasan established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) as an independent.
CD8 open: Glendale retired Army veteran Melissa Esparza-Mathis filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) in the Republican primary.
CD18: An individual named T.C. Manning filed as a Republican to challenge U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston). We were unable to identify the candidate conclusively.
CD22 open: Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls (R) has invited supporters to a Saturday event at which he will announce whether he will seek the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land). At least 16 other Republicans have taken a formal step toward entering the race, of which at least seven have filed.
CD26: An individual named Michael Armstrong filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville) in the Republican primary. We were unable to identify him conclusively.
Houston: The Houston Realty Business Coalition endorsed Mayor Sylvester Turner for re-election. The group previously endorsed challenger Bill King, who missed the runoff.
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