Redistricting: A week-long trial over the state’s congressional and House districts adopted in 2013 begins Monday before a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio.

GOV: Dallas street rapper and marijuana legalization activist Yvette “Will Rap 4 Weed” Gbalazeh filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). According to her Facebook page, she is collecting names for people to sign a petition for a ballot position after the primaries, indicating she may run as an independent (Note: The Green Party lost automatic access to the general election ballot in November when none of its statewide candidates received at least 5% of the vote.).

HD26: Sugar Land software developer Sarah DeMerchant reactivated her campaign committee for a potential rematch against Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) as a Democrat. Miller defeated DeMerchant, 58%-42%, in the 2016 general election.

HD64: Argyle resident Andrew Morris filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger). We previously reported that he had set up a Facebook page for the campaign and an ActBlue fundraising page.

TBD: Austin attorney and registered lobbyist Trey Blocker re-established his campaign committee, but the Texas Ethics Commission’s report did not indicate what office he might be seeking. There do not appear to be any prior campaign finance reports for his candidate/officeholder account number.

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 194 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.

San Angelo: Tomorrow is the D6 runoff election between Steve Hampton and Billie DeWitt. We anticipate sending a single email tomorrow night with the final results.

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