Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on Monday. So far, at least 377 candidates have filed for statewide, legislative and board of education offices, and at least 167 have filed to represent Texas in Congress. This means about 30% of all candidates we have been tracking to date have not yet filed. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. Incumbents who, as far as we can tell, have not yet filed for re-election include:

  • Congress – Joaquin Castro
  • Statewide – Judge Barbara Hervey and Presiding Judge Sharon Keller
  • Senate – none
  • House Republicans – none
  • House Democrats – Carol Alvarado, Diego Bernal*, Dawnna Dukes and Ron Reynolds*
  • Board of Education – Erika Beltran

Some of these officeholders may have filed and we simply could not find any confirmation of those filings. An asterisk indicates the incumbent has confirmed to us that he or she will file. The list excludes incumbents who have announced plans to retire or seek another office.

GOV: As expected, Houston investor and entrepreneur Andrew White announced he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). White, the son of former Gov. Mark White (D), has not previously sought elective office. Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) attended White’s campaign announcement and endorsed him.

LAND: Austin oil and gas attorney Miguel Suazo is expected to challenge Land Comm. George W. Bush (R) as a Democrat.

SC2: The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 11-9, to send the nomination of Justice Don Willett (R) for the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the full Senate. The vote split along party lines. Meanwhile, Jimmy Blacklock, Gov. Greg Abbott’s previously announced appointee-in-waiting, filed in the Republican primary.

SD3: Lufkin telecom retiree and Angelina Co. Democratic chair Shirley Ann Layton established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville).

SD8 open: The Texas Assoc. of Realtors’ TREPAC endorsed Angela Paxton.

Subscribers can read the rest of this report, which includes news about SD13. SD17, SD31, HD4, HD11, HD16, HD44, HD57, HD73, HD89, HD112, HD120, HD121, HD122, HD128, HD132, ED12 and Dallas Co.