Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Turnout continues to be very light across most of the state. Through Friday, just over 1% of registered voters had cast ballots in person or by mail in the state’s 15 most populous counties.

AG: The Texas Tribune’s Alexandra Samuels tweeted that outgoing Travis Co. Democratic Party chair Vincent Harding is considering a challenge of Attorney General Ken Paxton (R).

HD70: McKinney resident Julie Luton established a campaign committee for a potential House race but did not indicate which office she might seek. Luton hosted a recent meeting of the HD70 Democrats, according to an event posted to the group’s Facebook page. HD70 is represented by Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney).

Lisa Luby Ryan

Lisa Luby Ryan

Rep. Jason Villalba

Rep. Jason

HD114: Dallas home furnishings boutique owner Lisa Luby Ryan re-established her campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). In 2010, Ryan formed a campaign committee and raised $38K for a Republican primary challenge of then-Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas) in HD108, but she did not appear on the ballot. She also considered running for the open HD108 seat in 2014 but instead endorsed Court Alley, who missed the Republican runoff eventually won by Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas). She is a former president of the Park Cities Republican Women.

HD118: It appears that former Bexar Co. Democratic Party chair Leo Pacheco has established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Tomas Uresti (D-San Antonio). Pacheco was thought to be running for Bexar Co. Clerk.

TBD: Dripping Springs attorney Shannon McClendon re-established a campaign committee for a potential state race but did not indicate which office she might seek. She was appointed to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in 2002 by then-Gov. Rick Perry and has served as a board member of the Hill Country Republican Women PAC. Dripping Springs lies within SD25, represented by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), and HD45, represented by Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). Both are up for re-election this year. McClendon could also seek a statewide office.

Hidalgo: Council member Oziel Treviño retained his seat after defeating Gilbert Perez by 17 votes in a re-run of a contentious July 2016 runoff election, which Treviño won by 6 votes. A judge ordered a new election after finding that Treviño received questionable mail-in votes.

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