Congressional Challenger and Local Election News for May 12

CD14: Dickinson Democratic activist Sanjanetta Barnes established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland) as a Democrat. 705459 CD26: Denton attorney Neil Durrance established a campaign committee for a potential challenge...

Castro to Decide ‘Soon’ and Other News for April 17

Early Voting for the May 4 uniform election begins Monday. SEN: At a press conference in the state Capitol today (Wednesday), U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) said his decision on whether to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) would come “soon.” Castro pointed...

Quarterly Report Highlights and Other News for Tax Day

Note: This post has been updated to include additional information about Sen. Cornyn's report. Today (Monday) was the deadline for federal officeholders and candidates to file their April quarterly campaign finance reports, which disclose contributions received and...

Milasincic Backs Bacy and Other News for April 14

HD138: 2018 Democratic nominee Adam Milasincic announced he would not run again in 2020 and instead endorsed Houston attorney Akilah Bacy. Milasincic lost to Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) by just 47 votes out of more than 48K votes cast in 2018, 50.0%-49.9%. Campaign...

By the Numbers: Local Election Turnout

9% Average turnout since 1999 in Dallas Co. for an odd-year May election for which the mayor of Dallas is on the ballot. Voter turnout in Texas is low, compared to other states, even under the best of circumstances. About 53% of registered voters cast ballots in the...

SEN Primary Fight Speculation and Other News for April 11

SEN: Politico’s James Arkin looked at the prospect of a “prolonged, fractious nomination fight” between U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio); M.J. Hegar, the 2018 Democratic nominee for CD31; and Houston council member Amanda Edwards. None of those candidates have...

Siegel to Challenge Fletcher and Other News for April 9

CD7: Former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel stepped down from the Metropolitan Transit Authority board, effective immediately, to challenge U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) as a Republican. Siegel was mayor from 2004 to 2012 after serving six years on the city...

Candidate and Local Election News for April 8

CD7: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) announced she raised $515K during the first quarter and has nearly $550K on hand as of March 31. More than 70% of funds raised were from “Houston-area residents.” CD10: The campaign of Democratic challenger...