Special Session Fundraising: Unlike during a regular session of the Texas Legislature, state officials and lawmakers may accept contributions during a special session. Elected officials who accept a contribution during the reporting period, which began on July 10, must file a Special Session report within 30 days of the end of the special session (See Section 254.0391, Election Code). All contributions reported in this report will also be included in the officials’ January 2018 semiannual report, which is the next regularly scheduled campaign finance report.

HD67: Plano school administrator and 2016 Democratic nominee Scott Coleman announced via Facebook that he was ending his campaign for the 2018 nomination. Coleman said he was moving within Collin Co. but outside the district. He also filed a “Final” campaign finance report.

HD100: Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) said in a statement that he will decide “whether I’m running for re-election or for some other office” in the fall. He reported having $310K on hand.

HD112: Garland attorney Thomas Howery filed a “Final” campaign finance report, likely ending his campaign.

CD19: Lubbock resident Miguel Levario formed a federal campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) as a Democrat. We previously reported that Levario had scheduled campaign kickoff events in Lubbock and Abilene.

CD26: Keller business developer Linsey Fagan established a federal campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville) as a Democrat. Meanwhile, Lewisville recruiting firm owner Ira Bershad filed a report terminating his campaign committee, likely ending his campaign.

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 198 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018.

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