SD8: Angela Paxton, a Plano guidance counselor and wife of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, announced she would seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). We previously reported that she had established a campaign committee for the race.

Angela Paxton


Phillip Huffines


“After much prayer, I’m excited to step forward with overwhelming support and encouragement from my family; long-time friends; district, regional and statewide conservative leaders; elected officials; precinct chairs and citizens,” she said in a statement posted to her campaign’s web site.

Twelve current House members (including most of the Collin Co. delegation), eight Collin Co. elected officials, two current mayors and six council members have endorsed her, according to a list posted to her web site (pdf). Conservative leaders Cathie Adams and Jonathan Saenz are included on the list.

She faces Dallas Co. Republican Party chair Phillip Huffines, brother of Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), who has also rolled out a series of endorsements from local and state conservatives, including Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), Farris Wilks and Steven Hotze.

In a statement, Huffines welcomed Paxton to the race. “My campaign has been working hard for the last five months knocking on thousands of doors, talking to voters and earning their support,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to spread my conservative message.”

SD30: Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) announced he would challenge Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) in the Republican primary in an interview with the Weatherford Democrat. He has been considering the race for some time, and his announcement was expected.

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