Former Reps. Gilbert Peña (R-Pasadena) and Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) have filed to succeed term-limited Johnny Isbell. They join San Jacinto College trustee John Moon Jr. and council members Pat Van Houte and Jeff Wagner. Peña served one term in the House and was defeated in November in a rematch against Rep. Mary Ann Perez (D-Houston). Talton served nine terms in the House but has since lost races for Congress (2008), Harris Co. county attorney (2012) and the Supreme Court (2014).

Meanwhile, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow (Wednesday) as to whether the city should conduct its May city council elections using 2011 boundaries for eight single-member districts ordered by a federal judge or a 2014 plan for six single-member districts and two at-large seats.

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