|The following lawmakers confirmed they will be seeking re-election in 2014:
Randy Neugenbauer (R-19)
John Frullo (R - 84)
Eric Johnson (D - 100), Rep. Johnson released a statement through e-mail
Chris Turner (D - 101)
Stefani Carter (R - 102)
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.
US Senate: Sen. John Cornyn (R) got his third primary challenger. Linda Vega's (R) announcement was a bit peculiar. While she is challenging Sen. Cornyn from the right on spending issues, she is also criticizing him for his failure to support comprehensive immigration reform.
-19: Texas' nineteenth congressional district is one of the most conservative in the nation. While Rep. Randy Neugenbauer (R) is plenty conservative, the voters may prefer to be represented by someone known as "Mr. Conservative." Blogger Donald May, a retired physician, will join the incumbent in the Republican Primary.
-24: 2012 Democratic nominee Patrick McGehearty (D), will try again against Rep. Kenny Marchant (R) in 2014.
-16: Donald Huffines (R), a wealthy real estate developer, will challenge incumbent Sen. John Carona (R). Huffines has Libertarian leaning politics and has been a major contributor to Rep. Ron Paul's Presidential campaign. Huffines may have enough personal wealth to self-fund at least part of his campaign.
-18: Known as the "Open Carry Pastor," Terry Holcomb (R), has decided to launch a primary challenge against Rep. John Otto (R). Holcomb has been an outspoken advocate for the open carry of high-powered weapons.
-21: Investment broker David Phelan (R) is the first candidate to declare in the race to replace the retiring Rep. Allen Ritter (R)
-63: Student Daniel Moran (D) will guarantee incumbent Rep. Tan Parker (R) will not go unopposed in 2014.
-65: Denton Democrats have been busy; they have successfully recruited candidates for all four Denton County seats in the Texas House. Alex Mendoza (D), a small business owner, is challenging freshman Rep. Ron Simmons (R). President Obama received 40.83% of the vote in this district in 2012, meaning, while unlikely, an upset is possible in this seat.
-89: Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R) has a Democratic challenger! Corporate attorney Sameena Karmally (D) has decided to step up and take on the incumbent. The district has a hard Republican lean, but Rep. Laubenberg's previous statements could make the race interesting.
-92: The most abrasive member of the Texas House has picked up a Democratic challenger. Freshman Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) will face Tina Penney (D) next fall, assuming Rep. Stickland survives his expected primary challenge.
-117: One of the most competitive districts in the state; Freshman Rep. Phillip Cortez (D) has picked up his first challenger. Rick Galindo (R), a risk manager, will run for the Republican nomination in this 51.84% Obama House District.
-129: To date, four Republicans have announced they want to replace Rep. John Davis (R) in the Texas House. The newest, business owner Chuck Maricle, appears more interested in working in a bipartisan fashion to assure all Texans living in the Clear Lake area are represented in Austin than the other declared Republican candidates.
-132: The first candidate to announce in the race to succeed the retiring Rep. Bill Callegari (R) is policy advisory to Governor Perry Mike Schofield. Schofiled acted as Governor Perry's advisor to pass mandatory photo ID for elections and "loser pays" tort reform. No other candidates have announced to date for this open seat.
All of this information and more can be viewed at the following links:
- Statewide Offices
- US Congress
- Texas Senate
- Texas House
- State Board of Education
Did we miss something? Is something incorrect? Please help complete the 2014 database by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with a linked source on what is missing. The filing deadline for the 2014 elections is December 9, 2013.
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