Legislation: The House Elections Committee did not meet today (Thursday) to vote on pending business, including Senate Bill 9 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). The House is in recess until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). Saturday is the deadline for House committees to report Senate bills.

HD9: Houston resident Johnny Teague established a state campaign committee for what would appear to be a potential challenge of Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall). However, a Facebook page for Teague’s campaign, which was last updated earlier this week, indicates Teague is running for Congress, and indeed he has previously established a federal campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Houston) as a Republican in CD9.

HD23: Galveston attorney Susan Criss re-activated her campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) as a Democrat. Her campaign account has been dormant since July 2015, following a 55%-45% general election loss to Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson) for open HD23 in 2014.

CD18: Houston resident Tre Pennie established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) as a Republican. Pennie, who appears to be a longtime Dallas police officer, is at least the fifth person to take a formal step toward challenging Jackson Lee, including three Democrats.

Tyler: The city council set a June 29 date for the D3 council seat runoff election between Shirley McKellar (43%) and Pamela Phoenix (32%). Meanwhile, attorney Nick Pesina and air conditioning company owner James Wynne announced they would seek the D4 seat in 2020 that council member Don Warren plans to vacate to run for mayor.

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