Election News for October 1

SD31: Odessa oil company executive Kirk Edwards, who lost an open-seat primary against now-Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in 2004, backed the incumbent in a letter printed in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. In the letter, Edwards said he hoped voters would “see through...

May 6 Local Election Recap

Abilene: Anthony Williams (48%) and Robert Briley (46%) advanced to a runoff to succeed Mayor Norm Archibald, who won re-election over Briley three years ago. Amarillo: Ginger Nelson easily won the mayor’s race with 79% of the vote, and voters elected four new council...

Election News for May 2

Early voting has concluded in most jurisdictions holding elections on Saturday. Single-punch Repeal: A bill that would end the practice of voting for every candidate of one political party using a single punch or other action is on the House calendar for Friday. House...

Election News for San Jacinto Day

Early Voting: Monday is the beginning of the early voting period for the May 6 uniform election in most jurisdictions holding those elections. CD21: The first of five planned Democratic candidate forums has been set for May 1 in San Marcos. At least eight candidates...

Local Election News for April 9

Amarillo: The Amarillo Police Officer’s Assoc. endorsed Ginger Nelson (Mayor open) and challenger Elaine Hays (P1), Freda Powell (P2 open) and Eddy Sauer (P3 open) for city council. For Place 1, the group previously endorsed Elisha Demerson, the current incumbent, in...

Redistricting News Trifecta

A trio of significant cases involving election districts, or a lack thereof, saw action in the last 48 hours. Two moved toward further trials while a third may be coming to an end. Congressional Redistricting: A status conference has been set for April 27 to discuss a...

Local Election News for February 16

Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for candidates to file for most municipal and other local offices on the May 6 uniform election ballot. A few local jurisdictions have other deadlines. In general, candidates have one week to withdraw from their respective races after...

Peña, Talton Vie for Mayor Amid Redistricting Fight

Former Reps. Gilbert Peña (R-Pasadena) and Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) have filed to succeed term-limited Johnny Isbell. They join San Jacinto College trustee John Moon Jr. and council members Pat Van Houte and Jeff Wagner. Peña served one term in the House and was...

Election News for January 9

LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would seek re-election in 2018. Patrick also endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott for re-election (Abbott has not yet announced a re-election bid.), saying that he wanted to put to rest any “distraction” about Patrick’s potentially...