Former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle filed to be a Democatic candidate for Lieutenant Governor on Friday. Earle had previously said he was considering running for Governor or Attorney General.
Earle becomes the first Democrat to file for Lt. Gov. Phillip wrote recently that former ALF-CIO executive vice-president Linda Chavez-Thompson of San Antonio was planning on running for Lt. Gov. Austin deli owner Marc Katz announced his intentions to seek the Democratic nomination earlier this year but has yet to file.
It is unclear at this point how Earle's decision may affect the plans of Chavez-Thompson. If she does decide to run, the long time union leader with a compelling life story should not be underestimated.
The dynamics of a potential primary can be put on hold for now, however. At this point, Ronnie Earle, a well-respected prosecutor with a record spanning over three decades, is the only current Democratic candidate who has filed to take on incumbent David Dewhurst.