HD9: Marshall commercial lender and former council member Garrett Boersma established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall). Boersma was elected to the council in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He did not seek re-election in 2016. Boersma has contributed more than $1K to Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) and also contributed to former Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) and then-Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Meanwhile, Paddie announced he would seek re-election.
HD12: Waco law firm assistant Chris Miller established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) as a Democrat.
HD107: Dallas resident Joe Ruzicka established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas). We were unable to identify the candidate conclusively, but we suspect he may be a retired aviator and former aide to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), which would likely make him a general election challenger.
HD115: Addison attorney Julie Johnson established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) as a Democrat.
CD1: Lufkin physician Roshin Rowjee formed a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler). We previously reported that Rowjee had announced plans to run for the seat.
CD2: Houston attorney Malcolm Whittaker formed a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble).
CD24: Hurst postdoctoral fellow John Biggan established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Carrollton) as a Democrat.
CD25: Austin health care finance executive Julie Oliver announced she would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin).
CD27: Victoria marketing business owner and former Victoria Co. Republican Party Chair Michael Cloud announced his primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi). We previously reported that Cloud, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, was planning on entering the race.
See our 2018 Challengers page for all 304 challengers and open-seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018. Also, check out our redesigned Crib Sheets.
Williamson Co.: Round Rock council member and attorney Frank Leffingwell announced he would run for County Judge. The incumbent, Dan A. Gattis, father of former Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown), is not seeking re-election.
Updated 10/5: We have corrected our head-slapper of a mistake in which we confused former Rep. Dan Gattis with his father, Judge Dan Gattis. We regret the error.
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