HD125 special: Land Comm. George P. Bush endorsed Fred Rangel for the runoff.

HD145 special: Runoff campaign finance reports were due Monday. They disclose contributions received and expenditures made between January 20 and February 23. Christina Morales out-raised Melissa Noriega, $67K to $42K, and narrowly outspent her, $58K to $56K. Morales holds a $25K to $17K advantage in cash on hand. Noriega added $5K in loans, bringing her total loan principal to $37K. Morales’s loan principal remained at $5K.

Overall, Morales has out-raised Noriega, $123K to $67K, and outspent her, $93K to $86K.

Morales’s top contributors for the period were Houston attorney Roland Garcia ($4K), HillCo PAC ($3K), Plumbers Local Union No. 68 PAC ($2.5K), Houston entertainment businessman Charles Kalas ($2K), Houston pharmaceutical sales specialist Adrian Castillo ($2K) and Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC ($2K).

Noriega’s top contributors for the period were the Texas Assoc. of Builders HOME-PAC ($2.5K), Houston attorney J. Solar ($2.5K), Houston investor Russell Ybarra ($2.5K), Houston Apartment Assoc. PAC ($2K) and Texas Parent PAC ($2K).

Morales reported an additional $3K in contributions in a daily pre-election report.

Meanwhile, 174 people voted today (Tuesday), the second of five days of early voting, bringing the two-day total to 474 voters.

Copperas Cove: Four candidates filed for the April 27 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Frank Seffrood, who passed away in December just 17 days after he was re-elected. Joey Acfalle, Brandi Diaz, Ron Nelson and Brandi Weiand filed for the race. Azeita Taylor, who lost that December runoff, did not file for the special election.

Dallas: Council member Kevin Felder was arrested and has been charged with a third-degree felony of accident involving injury. Felder, who was released on bond, has denied a collision took place. Felder is seeking re-election in May. He faces eight challengers.

Houston: Former Gov. and current U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (R) endorsed Tony Buzbee, his former attorney.

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