Today (Friday) was the deadline for candidates to file for municipal, school board and other local offices on the May 4 uniform election ballot.

Dallas: Former Mayor Laura Miller filed to challenge P13 council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, who ran unopposed in 2015 and 2017. Twelve candidates filed to succeed term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings, the largest candidate field since Miller declined to seek re-election in 2007. The field includes council member Scott Griggs, Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis and former Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). The D8 race features a rematch between council member Tennell Atkins and former council member Erik Wilson. Two other former council members – Monica Alonzo and Tiffinni Young – are also seeking a return, joining Atkins and Miller, who was elected twice to the council prior to being elected mayor in 2002.

San Antonio: Sixty people – 20 fewer than in 2017 – filed for municipal offices, including nine for mayor. Incumbent Ron Nirenberg faces council member Greg Brockhouse and seven minor candidates, including Michael “Commander” Idrogo, who is making his 10th consecutive bid for the city’s highest office since 2001. All 10 council seats are contested. D1 council member Roberto Treviño faces eight challengers, including Justin Holley, a recent chair of the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Assoc. Holley has out-raised Treviño since August. Ten candidates are vying for the open D2 seat, which is being vacated by Art Hall, who said he would not seek a full term when he was appointed to the seat last month. In D3, incumbent Rebecca Viagran is challenged by Liz Campos, the former chief of staff to former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). In D9, incumbent John Courage faces Patrick Von Dohlen, a conservative who narrowly missed the 2017 runoff, and two other candidates. In D10, conservative incumbent Clayton Perry drew four challengers.

Beaumont: Mayor Becky Ames drew four challengers, including firefighter Bill Lambert, who filed today (Friday).

Waco: Longtime council member Alice Rodriguez did not file for re-election, ending her 24-year tenure. Sales manager and planning commission member Hector Sabido is the only candidate in the race.


SEN: A poll conducted by Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling for Democratic consultant Jeff Dalton shows U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) leading former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), 47%-45%, in a hypothetical matchup. The poll shows Texans are evenly divided on President Trump’s job performance (48/47) and favor Trump over potential Democratic nominees Joe Biden, 49%-46%, and Kamala Harris, 49%-40%. The poll of 743 registered voters was in the field February 13-14 and has a stated margin of error of ±3.6%.

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