SEN: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is reportedly one of four people being interviewed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tomorrow (Saturday) to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If Cornyn were to lead the bureau, Gov. Greg Abbott would appoint a replacement to serve until a special election – likely in November 2017 – would determine who would fill his unexpired term (Cornyn is up for re-election in 2020.). Every sitting member of Congress or the Legislature, and every statewide elected official, could run in that special election without having to leave their current office.
CD7: Houston attorney Elizabeth Fletcher filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) as a Democrat. She is at least the eighth person to take a formal step of running for the seat as a Democrat.
CD21: Austin resident Mary Wilson has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. At least 10 Democrats have taken a formal step toward entering the race.
CD25: Austin floral designer and 2016 Democratic nominee Kathi Thomas filed paperwork continuing her campaign committee for another race against U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin). She received 38% of the vote in 2016.
CD32: Dallas resident George Rodriguez filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) as a Democrat. At least nine Democrats have taken a formal step toward entering the race.
Keller: Mayor Pat McGrail has requested a recount of Saturday’s election results. He was six votes short of winning re-election outright, having received 1,787 votes (49.86%) of the 3,584 votes cast. The city council will canvass the election results on Tuesday and order a runoff election. The recount will occur Wednesday. If the recount shows McGrail received a majority of votes cast, then the runoff would be canceled. As it now stands, McGrail faces council member Rick Barnes, who received 46 fewer votes than McGrail, in a runoff.
San Antonio: Former Mayor Julián Castro will endorse mayoral challenger Ron Nirenberg on Saturday.
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