Candidate Filing Roundup; Democrats Land Challengers in Three Competitive Districts

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Filing for the 2014 general election has been underway for just over one week.

Last week, we brought you a list of those that have filed on the first weekend. Since then, it has been a rush of candidates, mainly incumbents, who have turned in the necessary paperwork to file for election.

However, incumbents aren't the only ones who have been filing.

In the first week, quality Democrats have filed against the three most vulnerable Republican incumbents in the Texas House of Representatives.

Click below the jump to see a complete list who has turned in the paperwork to run in the 2014 general election.In Dallas' House District 105, Susan Motley (D) is the first of what may be three Democratic challengers to file against incumbent Linda Harper-Brown (R). Harper-Brown underperformed Mitt Romney by 2% in 2012; Governor Romney earned 52.1% in this Irving based District. In her press release e-mailed to Burnt Orange Report, disability lawyer Ms. Motley stated:

“I am running because people in this district deserve a representative who will put their interests and well-being first,” said Motley.  With a proven track record of advocacy for her clients, Motley will continue advocating for workers, women and families in the State Legislature.

In the counties surrounding Corpus Christi, party-switcher JM Lozano (R) is not getting a pass from local Democrats in this still competitive district. Kim Gonzalez (D), an assistant Nueces County District Attorney, will be seeking the Democratic nomination in this 52.0% Romney district. In her press release, Gonzalez made her case for House District 43:

 “My career as an attorney has been devoted to protecting children” said Gonzalez, who has lived in District 43 most of her life. “I'll take my commitment to public service to the Texas Capitol. I'll work hard to provide our schoolchildren with an education they can build a productive, rewarding future on, and to make sure the voices of hard-working families are heard.”

Democrats were not done in their first week of challenger recruitment. In Dallas' House District 107, Carol Donovan (D) filed to run against incumbent Kenneth Sheets (R). Rep. Sheets sits in the closest House District held by an incumbent Republican, where Mitt Romney won by a 4.9% spread. Ms. Donovan was expected to run in a Democratic primary against Wil Angelley, however, Burnt Orange Report received an e-mail from a Dallas County Democratic Party official stating he no longer intends to seek the Democratic nomination. On her website, Ms. Donovan states:

“I have decades of experience as a business owner, mediator, law firm partner and executive. I understand what it means to work with people, lead an organization, conduct negotiations and build bridges to get things done. I will put these skills and experiences to work for you in Austin … Community service has been a part of my life for many years. The connections  you create, the friendships you form, the progress you make as a community by working together – these are the things that make me passionate about being involved.”

Over 100 candidates filed for office in the first week.

The list of candidates who filed has been compiled from the websites of the Texas Democratic Party, The Texas Republican Party, The Texas Libertarian Party, the Office of The Texas Secretary of State, and the Twitter feed of TX Election Source.

The following candidates filed to run for US Senate:

Michael “Fjet” Fjetland – D

Christopher Mapp – R

The following candidates filed to run for US Congress:

2 – James Veasaw – L

3 – Sam Johnson (I) – R

3 – Cecil Ince – L

4 – Lou Gigliotti – R

4 – John Stacy – R

4 – J.P. Raley – L

5 – Jeb Hensarling (I) – R

6 – Hugh Chauvin – L

7 – John Culberson (I) – R

8 – Kevin Brady (I) – R

10 – Mike McCaul (I) – R

10 – Bill Kelsey – L

11 – Mike Conaway (I) – R

11 – Elaine Hays – R

12 – Ed Colliver – L

13 – Mac Thornberry (I) – R

16 – Beto O'Rourke (I) – D

17 – Bill Flores (I) – R

18 – Sean Seibert – R

18 – Jennifer Whelan – L

20 – Michael Idrogo – L

22 – Pete Olson (I) – R

23 – Will Hurd – R

24 – Kenny Marchant (I) – R

24 – Mike Clollis – L

25 – Roger Williams (I) – R

26 – Mar Boler – L

27 – Blake Farenthold (I) – R

29 – Gene Green (I) – D

30 – Barbara Mallory Caraway – D

31 – John Carter (I) – R

31 – Scott Ballard – L

31 – Bill Oliver – L

33 – Marc Veasey (I) – D

35 – Lloyd Doggett (I) – D

35 – Cory Bruner – L

The following candidate filed to run for Governor:

Larry Secede Kilgore – R

Robert Bell – L

The following candidate filed to run for Lieutenant Governor:

David Dewhurst – R

The following candidate filed to run for Attorney General:

Dan Branch – R

Thomas Glass – L

The following candidates filed to run for Comptroller:

Mike Collier – D

Glen Hegar – R

harvey Hilderbran – R

Debra Medina – R

Ben Sanders – L

The following candidates filed to run for Agriculture Commissioner:

Eric Opiela – R

Sid Miller – R

Tommy Merritt – R

Jim Hogan – D

Rick Donaldson – L

The following candidate filed to run for Railroad Commissioner:

Malachi Boyuls – R

Jason Kute – L

The following candidate filed to run for Supreme Court, Place 7:

Jeff Boyd (I) – R

The following candidate filed to run for Supreme Court, Place 8:

Phil Johnson (I) – R

RS Roberto Koelsch – L

The following candidates filed to run for Texas Senate:

2 – Mark Thompson – R

3 – Robert Nichols (I) – R

10 – Konni Burton – R

10 – Tony Pompa – R

10 – Mark Shelton – R

15 – John Whitmire (I) – D

17 – Derek Anthony – R

21 – Elisa Chan – R

31 – Steven Gibson – L

The following candidates filed to run for Texas House:

1 – George Lavender (I) – R

3 – Cecil Bell (I) – R

4 – Lance Gooden (I) – R

5 – Bryan Hughes (I)  – R

5 – Ron Walenta – L

6 – Skip Ogle – R

7 – David Simpson (I) – R

8 – Bobby Vickery – R

9 – Chris Paddie (I) – R

10 – Jake Ellzey – R

11 – Travis Clardy (I) – R

12 – Timothy Delasandro – R

13 – Lois Kolkhorst (I) – R

14 – John Raney (I) – R

16 – Duane Ham – R

13 – Tim Kleinschmidt (I) – R

18 – John Otto (I) – R

19 – James White – R

23 – Wayne Faircloth – R

26 – Rick Miller (I) – R

26 – Amber C. Paaso – D

27 – Ron Reynolds (I) – D

28 – John Zerwas (I) – R

31 – Ryan Guillen (I) – D

33 – Scott Turner (I) – R

35 – Oscar Longoria (I) – D

43 – JM Lozano (I) – R

43 – Kim Gonzalez – D

44 – John Kuempel (I) – R

45 – Jason Isaac (I) – R

47 – Paul Workman (I) – R

50 – Mike VanDeWalle – R

51 – Eddie Rodriguez (I) – D

53 – Tink Nathan – R

55 – Ralph Sheffield (I) – R

57 – Trent Ashby  (I) – R

58 – Henry Teich – R

59 – Danny Pelton – R

62 – Larry Phillips (I) – R

63 – Tan Parker (I) – R

64 – Myra Crownover (I) – R

64 – Rad King – R

65 – Ron Simmons (I) – R

66 – Glenn Callison – R

67 – Jeff Leach (I) – R

68 – Drew Springer (I) – R

69 – James Frank (I) – R

70 – Scott Sanford (I) – R

72 – Drew Darby (I) – R

73 – Doug Miller (I) – R

74 – Poncho Nevarez (I) – D

76 – Naomi Gonzalez (I) – D

77 – Marisa Marquez (I) – D  

79 – Joe Pickett (I) – D

80 – Tracy King (I) – D

81 – Austin Keith – R

83 – Stephen Massengale – R

85 – Phil Stephenson (I) – R –

87 – Four Price (I) – R

88 – Ken King (I) – R

89 – Jodie Laubenberg (I) – R

90 – Lon Burnam (I) – D

91 – Stefanie Klick (I) – R

92 – Andy Cargile – R

93 – Matt Krause (I) – R

94 – Tony Tinerholt – R

94 – Diane Patrick (I) – R

95 – Nicole Collier (I) – D

97 – Craig Goldman (I) – R

99 – Charlie Geren (I) – R

100 – Brian Chapman – L

103 – Rafael Anchia – D

105 – Susan Motley – D

106 – Rodney Caston – L

107 – Carol Donovan – D

108 – Morgan Meyer – R

112 – Jared Patterson – R

118 – Joe Farias (I) – D

120 – Ruth Jones McClendon (I) – D

122 – Lyle Larson (I) – R

126 – Patricia Harless (I) – R

127 – Dan Huberty (I)  – R

128 – Wayne Smith (I) – R

129 – Sheryl Berg – R

129 – Chuck Maricle – R

129 – Dennis Paul – R

129 – Brent Perry- R

131 – Alma Allen (I) – D

132 – Ann Hodge – R

133 – Jim Murphy (I) – R

134 – Sarah Davis (I) – R

135 – Gary Elkins (I) – R

138 – Dwayne Bohac (I) – R

140 – Armando Walle (I) – D

144 – Mary Ann Perez (I) – D

145 – Carol Alvarado (I) – D

146 – Borris Miles (I) – D

147 – Garnet Coleman (I) – D

149 – Hubert Vo (I) – D

149 – Al Hoang – R

150 – Debbie Riddle (I)

The following candidate filed to run for State Board of Education:

7 – Rita Ashley – R

12 – Geraldine Tincy Miller (I) – R

All of these filings have been added to our Burnt Orange Report Candidate Trackers and 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 joseph@burntorangereport.com with a linked source on what is missing. The filing deadline for the 2014 elections is December 9, 2013.

You can follow me on Twitter at @trowaman.

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Joseph Vogas

Joseph was raised in Friendswood, Texas in North Galveston County. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. After working for multiple campaigns, Joseph was able to work in the 83rd legislature in Austin in 2013. While retired from professional campaign work, Joseph enjoys sharing his knowledge of campaign data how to win elections in naturally unfriendly turf with others. Joseph is an avid archer and enjoys all things geek including Star Wars and DC Comics.

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