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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, Sept. 30 - Oct. 6: Wendy Davis (D) Announces for Governor


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT


After months of speculation, hope, and dreams, last week Texas Democrats landed their first candidate for Governor and it's their ideal candidate.

On Thursday, Senator Wendy Davis (D) announced she would seek the office of Governor of the great state of Texas. While her announcement could not be described as a surprise, it was certainly exciting! If you were unable to attend last Thursday's event, please catch up by reading Burnt Orange Report's liveblog of the announcement. However, with Sen. Davis running for Governor, this means there is no longer a Democrat running in Tarrant County's Senate District 10. Hopefully, a strong recruit will emerge to try and retain the seat for the Democrats.

Sen. Davis was not the only person to announce for Governor last week. Several Libertarian candidates for statewide offices emerged, including 2010 nominee Kathy Glass (L) who said she would once more seek the office of Governor. Ms. Glass will be joining Gene Chapman (L) in the race for the Libertarian party's nomination. Two other Libertarians also announced for Lieutenant Governor: Journalist Brandon de Hoyos (L) and businessman Ed Kless (L). Rounding out the Libertarian Party's roll out is Lago Vista City Council Member Ed Tidwell (L) for Land Commissioner and businessman Mark Miller (L) who will run for Railroad Commissioner.

Major retirements hit both chambers of the Texas Legislature last week. Click below the jump to see who is leaving and who else will be running in 2014!

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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 23 - 29: Supreme Court Gets a New Justice, Rep. Callegari


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT


Another week has passed, so it is once again time to recap the news in elections from the past seven days. Sen. Wendy Davis dominated the news once more in the last week as she continues to prepare for a campaign announcement on Thursday of this week. Some media reports have already concluded that she will announce a run for governor, but Burnt Orange Report will not make such a hopeful call until an announcement is official. But besides this story, there have been plenty of news.

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Wallace Jefferson had announced he would resign at the end of September. This meant Governor Perry would need to elevate a new Chief Justice, which he did with Nathan Hecht, but he would need to fill Judge Hecht's place on the Supreme Court. Governor Perry has chosen Judge Jeff Brown, who currently serves on Texas' 14th Court of Appeals to be elevated to Texas' highest court. With the appointment, a special election for Supreme Court, Place 6 will be on the November ballot along with the Chief Justice, Place 7 and Place 8. The Chief Justice and Place 7 elections are technically special elections as well, but were scheduled to be up in November 2014 regardless.

Another House Chairman announced he would be leaving the Texas Legislature. Rep. Bill Callegari (R - 132) of Katy announced last Monday he would not seek re-election. Rep. Callegari is an engineer by trade and brought that kind of logic and decision-making to the Texas legislature. He served as Chairman of the Pensions Committee in the last session. District 132 can be found in Harris County's southwest corner. In 2012, President Obama got 39.75% in District 132, slightly better than the 39.59% he received in 2008. No candidates are yet to announce for this seat.

Burnt Orange Report has been able to confirm six other elected officials will be seeking re-election, and ten new candidates have emerged. Click below the jump to find out who!

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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 12 - 22: Sen. Davis Sets a Date, Rep. Lewis Retires


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT


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.

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Elections Recap: Return of an Old Face and Retirement Updates


by: Joseph Vogas

Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

With the filing deadline for the 2014 elections creeping closer, the list of candidates grows longer - whether that is to seek re-election or retire.

While some recent moves are very important and received their own articles, such as Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announcing her intention to run for re-election and State Senator Leticia Van de Putte confirming her interest in running for Lieutenant Governor, there were other events that occurred and should be recognized.

The most significant announcement was Former State Representative Wayne Christian (R) confirmed he would be a candidate for Railroad Commissioner. He was first elected in 1996 but lost the Republican primary in 2012 to the current incumbent, Rep. Chris Paddie. Fmr. Rep Christian previously ran for Texas' First Congressional District in 2004 losing in that Republican Primary to eventual winner, Congressman Louie Gohmert; Fmr. Rep. Christian returned to the Texas House in the next election cycle. Fmr. Rep. Christian is the sixth Republican to announce for Railroad Commissioner this year.

Six more members declared they intend to seek re-election and one announced he is choosing retirement over re-election.

Find out who is retiring from the legislature and who has confirmed their intention to seek re-election, along with what divisive statements from Fmr. Rep. Wayne Christian had below the jump.

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