BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, Nov. 18 – 24: Democrats Lead in Challenger Recruitment

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Candidates continue to turn in their paperwork to file for office in Texas' 2014 general election. In the last week, among the two major parties, we have seen 51 more candidates file for partisan statewide or legislative offices, 20 of whom are incumbents. With last week's batch of new candidates, there are 7 incumbent Congressmen, 1 incumbent Texas Senator, 18 incumbent State Representatives, and 4 incumbent members of the State Board of Education who are yet to file. However, based on those who have publicly announced their campaigns or filed, it appears Democrats are ready to compete against more Republican incumbents.

For US Congress, Democrats have announced challengers in 9 seats, meaning they are currently challenging 37.5% of the seats currently held by Republicans, while the Republicans are currently only challenging 4 Democratic incumbents meaning only 33.33% of the Democratic incumbents are playing defense.

In the race for the Texas Senate, both parties have challengers set in 2 districts each. However, because the Democrats, only have 4 seats up for election in 2014 compared to the Republican's 12, including the special election for District 4, the Republicans are doing better job recruitment by percentages.

For Texas House, The Democrats have 19 announced or filed challengers compared to the Republicans' 5. The Democrats are now challenging 20% of the Republican caucus while the Republicans are only challenging 9.1% of the Democratic caucus.

There are still two weeks left for more candidates to announce, and for several of these announced candidates to file, but the Democrats are currently doing a good job in putting the Republican Party on the defense. This also means Democrats are still looking for challengers in 15 more congressional seats, 10 more Texas Senate seats, and 76 more Texas House seats.

Click below the jump to see a complete list of who filed for office in the last 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 have filed to run for office in the last week.

US Senate

John Cornyn (I) – R

Dwayne Stovall – R

John Myers – L

Congress

4 – Ralph Hall (I) – R

15 – Eddie Zamora – R

15 – Johnny Partain – L

19 – Neal Marchbanks – D

28 – Henry Cuellar (I) – D

32 – Pete Sessions (I) – R

33 – Jason Reeves – L

35 – Ross Leone – L

Lieutenant Governor

Jerry Patterson – R

Todd Staples – R

Attorney General

Sam Houston – D

Land Commissioner

George P. Bush – R

David Watts – R

Steven Childs – L

Railroad Commissioner

Stephen Brown – D

Supreme Court, Chief Justice

Nathan Hecht (I) – R

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4

Mark Bennett – L

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4

Quanah Parker – L

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9

William Strange, III – L

Texas Senate

9 – Kelly Hancock (I) – R

10 – John Schweitzer – R

14 – Vik Vad – R

25 – Donna Campbell (I) – R

25 – Mike Novak – R

Texas House

1 – Gary VanDeaver – R

2 – Dan Flynn (I) – R

6 – Matt Schaeffer (I) – R

10 – John Wray – R

12 – Kyle Kacal (I) – R

18 – Terry Holcomb – R

21 – Dade Phelan – R

48 – Ben Easton – L

50 – Celia Israel – D

50 – David Dreesen – L

53 – Rob Henneke – R

55 – Molly White – R

58 – Philip Eby – R

59 – J. D. Sheffield (I) – R

71 – Isaac Castro – R

82 – Tom Craddick (I) – R

91 – Felecia Whatley – L

94 – Cole Ballweg – D

97 – Rod Wingo – L

106 – Lisa Osterholt – D

107 – Kenneth Sheets (I) – R

109 – Helen Giddings (I) – D

110 – Toni Rose (I) – D

111 – Yvonne Davis (I) – D

115 – Paul Stafford – D

125 – Justin Rodriguez (I) – D

129 – John Gay – D

134 – Alison Ruff – D

139 – Sylvester Turner – D

143 – Ana Hernandez Luna (I) – D

148 – Chris Carmona – R

State Board of Education

2 – Ruben Cortez, Jr (I) – D

3 – Marisa Perez (I) – D

3 – Dave Mundy – R

11 – Eric Mahroum – R

13 – Andrea C. Hilburn – D

The following candidates announced for office in the last week, but have not filed.

Lieutenant Governor – Leticia Van de Putte – D

Congressional District 16 – Corey Roen – R

Congressional District 24 – Dennis Burnham – D

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 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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