HD10: Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) announced he would not seek re-election to a fourth term. “These elected jobs are not meant to be lifetime positions,” Wray said in a statement. “It is time for me to return full time to Ellis County and join my fellow citizens to elect the next conservative state representative.” Wray has not faced a fellow Republican since winning the 2014 nomination in a runoff over T.J. Fabby, 53%-47%. Yesterday (Tuesday), Waxahachie Army veteran and former rancher Tripp Bryant announced he would seek the seat. Wray’s retirement likely opens the door to more candidates and a highly competitive race. Four candidates, including Wray, sought the seat in 2014 following the retirement of former Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie).
Wray is the third legislator to officially forgo re-election, joining Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), who surprised movement conservatives with his retirement announcement, and former Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), who resigned after being elected mayor of Dallas.
HD100 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a November 5 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), who was elected mayor of Dallas last month. The election coincides with the statewide constitutional amendment election. Candidates must file with the Secretary of State’s office by September 4. Early voting begins October 21.
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