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SD8 (Likely R): Plano ophthalmologist Matt Rostami established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney).

SD31 open (Safe R): Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Kevin Sparks (R).

HD17 open (Safe R): Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape (R) announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart). He has been in his current office since 2012. If elected, he would become the first person from Bastrop Co. to represent Bastrop Co. in either chamber of the Legislature since former Rep. Hershel Carroll Sherrill’s (D-McDade) lone term ended in 1959.

HD23 open (Likely R): Former State Board of Education member Terri Wilson announced she would run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville). She was first elected to the state board in 2002 and was re-elected twice. In 2016, she considered but ultimately dropped challenging then-Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball). – 32045

HD31 (Likely R): Texas Right to Life PAC endorsed Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City).

HD91 (Likely R): Texans for Lawsuit Reform endorsed Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth).

HD138 (Likely R): Former Jersey City Mayor Justin Ray announced he would not run for a House seat in 2022. In 2020, Ray lost to Rep. Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston) by just 300 votes in HD135, and Ray was planning on a rematch against him in HD135 (Likely D). Redistricting placed Jersey Village within HD138, which is held by Rep. Lacey Hull (R-Houston). “Our campaign has never been a vanity project to primary sitting members of our own party,” Ray said in a statement. He said he “look[s] forward to serving our community and the great state of Texas in a future capacity.”

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