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...

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...

Candidate and Local Campaign Finance News for April 4

HD45: Dripping Springs health and wellness businesswoman Carrie Isaac, wife of former Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) established a campaign committee for an unspecified House seat, which is almost certainly HD45. The former representative confirmed to the Texas...

Brief Election News for March 31

Voter Registration: Thursday is the deadline to register to vote for the May 4 uniform election. SD13: Houston commercial financier William Booher established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston) as a Republican. CD14:...

Special Election Turnout and Candidate News for January 20

HD79 special: Through Friday, the last day for which numbers are available, a total of 1,083 people had voted early, amounting to 1.2% of registered voters. Polls were closed today (Sunday) and will be closed tomorrow (Monday) for the holiday. HD145 special: Through...

Brief Local Election News for January 10

Commerce: Fewer than 100 people voted early for the January 12 special election to fill a vacant city council position. Six candidates are in the race. Dallas: Council member Scott Griggs announced he would run for mayor, becoming the seventh candidate to make an...

Re-dos, Runoffs and Other News for December 13

HD145 open: Libertarian Clayton Hunt, who received 10% of the vote in the general election against Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston), established a CrowdPAC page for the race. Hays Co.: Jimmy Alan Hall, the Democratic nominee for county commissioner P3 has sued to...