Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) announced he would not seek re-election. “Another campaign and another full legislative session are not compatible with the time I need to devote at this stage in life to being a father and husband,” Turner said in a statement. “I hope I will have other opportunities to be involved in politics again a few years down the road.” He was first elected in 2018 by a 56%-44% margin, flipping what became an open seat after Lisa Luby Ryan defeated Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) in the Republican primary. He won re-election by 8 points in 2020.
His 2020 opponent, Dallas higher education director Luisa del Rosal, said on Twitter that she would “make an announcement about our future soon.” She out-raised Turner, $1.36M to $818K, during that election cycle.
CD6 special: U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) endorsed Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie).
SD3: Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announced he would seek re-election.
Voting Rights: Nearly three dozen advocacy groups have formed the Texas for All coalition to fight Republican-backed election and civil rights legislation during the special session that convenes next week. The groups expect to spend $2.5M on the effort. Coalition members include Every Texan, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Public Citizen, Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Freedom Network and Texas Organizing Project.
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