Welcome to our first weekly round up of election news in the state of Texas! It has been a big week, with the launch of our candidate trackers. Burnt Orange Report is currently watching 223 of the partisan races that will appear on the November 2014 general election ballots throughout the state of Texas. Every Monday morning, this column will recap all the changes made to our elections charts and other significant elections news we covered in the previous week.
The big news last week: Sen. Wendy Davis announced October 3rd will be the date when we find out what office she will seek in 2014. Previously, Sen. Davis had said she had limited her options to Governor or re-election to the Texas Senate. In ten short days, we will finally know!
On Friday afternoon, State Rep. Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) announced he would retire from the Texas House at the end of his current term. Rep. Lewis will have only served three terms in the Texas House and currently serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Before his election in 2008, Rep. Lewis was a State District Judge for over twenty years. This means, House District 81, where President Obama got 24.18% in 2014, will be open in next year's general election.
Click after the jump to see the 44 other changes made on the ratings charts this week, including the 23 lawmakers Burnt Orange Report confirmed are seeking re-election in 2014.The following lawmakers confirmed they are seeking re-election in 2014:
– Rep. Ralph Hall (R – 4), Rep. Hall is 90 years old, the oldest member currently serving in Washington D.C.
– Rep. Matt Schafer (R – 6)
– Rep. Chris Paddie (R – 9)
– Rep. John Raney (R – 14)
– Rep. Steve Toth (R – 15)
– Rep. John Zerwas (R – 28)
– Rep. Bobby Guerra (D – 41)
– Rep. Paul Workman (R – 47)
– Rep. Donna Howard (D – 48)
– Rep. Ralph Sheffield (R – 55)
– Rep. Phil King (R – 61)
– Rep. Doug Miller (R – 73)
– Rep. Mary Gonzalez (D – 75)
– Rep. Ken King (R – 88)
– Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D – 120)
– Rep. Lyle Larson (R – 122)
– Rep. Mike Villareal (D – 123)
– Rep. Allen Fletcher (R – 130)
– Rep. Jim Murphy (R – 133)
– Rep. Tony Dale (R – 136)
– Rep. Armando Walle (D – 140)
The following are new candidates added to the candidate trackers in the last week. They are all either running for open seats or challenging incumbents.
Via e-mail, Mike Fjetland informed Burnt Orange Report that he will not be a candidate for Governor in 2014. He stated he would prefer to see Sen. Wendy Davis run instead. We have removed him from the chart.
-32: Freedomworks endorsed Katrina Pierson (R) will be challenging incumbent Pete Sessions (R) in the Republican Primary.
-3: Tammy Blair (R) will be challenging incumbent Sen. Robert Nichols (R) from the right. She was a candidate for the same office in 2012.
-7: Libertarian Whitney Bilyau will be on the ballot for Sen. Dan Patrick's (R) open seat.
-15: Lawyer Damian LaCroix (D) is taking on Dean John Whitmire (D) in the Democratic Primary.
-25: Dan Boone (D), previously a candidate for Congress, is currently the only announced Democrat to take on Sen. Donna Campbell (R).
-4: Stuart Spitzer (R), a Christian doctor, is challenging incumbent Rep. Lance Gooden (R) in the Republican Primary.
-10: The field to replace the retiring Rep. Jim Pitts (R) is blowing up fast. Three Republicans have already announced: School Board Member Q.D. “Duke” Burge, TEA Party Activist TJ Fabby, and Waxahachie Mayor John Wray.
-16: Pastor Ted Seago (R) is currently the only announced candidate to replace Rep. Brandon Creighton (R), who is running for Agriculture Commissioner.
-53: Two Republicans have announced their intent to replace Comptroller candidate, Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R): TEA Party activist Karen Harris, and attorney Rob Henneke.
-58: TEA flavored small businessman Philip Eby (R) is the only announced Republican running to replace the retiring Rep. Rob Orr (R), but Libertarian Jesse Pistokache will meet him in the general election.
-59: Rep. JD Sheffield (R) already had one primary challenger, but now he has a second with veteran Howard Ray (R) joining to race.
-82: Libertarian Dan Anderson will make sure Rep. Tom Craddick (R) is not unopposed next year.
-112: Rep. Angie Chen Button (R) is getting hit from both sides. TEA flavored Sachse City Councilman Jared Patterson (R) is taking her on in the Republican primary, but whoever emerges will have to get past educator Kimberly Williams (D) in this Dallas County House District.
-129: Sheryl Berg (R), a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, is the only announced candidate to replace the retiring Rep. John Davis (R).
-136: Marketing communications specialist Brian Boyko (D) has stepped up to take on Rep. Tony Dale (R) in next year's general election.
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Did we miss something? Is something incorrect? Please help us complete our 2014 database by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a linked source on what is missing. The filing deadline for the 2014 elections is December 9, 2013.