2018 Primary Races to Watch

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Friends it is campaign season!

The filing deadline is long gone and the block walking has started. Early voting begins on February 20th and folks can already request their ballots by mail. The primary is on March 6th.

This year all the statewide offices will appear on the ballot and 15 of the 31 state Senate seats will be voted on. I'd rather not admit how long it took me to realize that the Senate elections are staggered in Texas. All house seats (that's 150!) are up for re-election.  Here are some races that involve the ladies of the legislature to keep an eye on.

The Texas Senate

In the Senate during this election cycle there is only one open seat and it's currently held by the GOP. Since Senator Van Taylor is running for Congress, SD 8 is wide open and there are two big names running: Phillip Huffines the Dallas GOP Chair (and twin brother of another Senator) as well as Angela Paxton, prominent GOP member and Texas AG Paxton's wife.

In Senate District 2, Bob Hall is being challenged by Representative Cindy Burkett whose campaign sends out a new blast of endorsements what seems like weekly! This should be an interesting race to watch. Meanwhile, Burkett's vacated House seat has a real chance of flipping to a Democratic seat given those running.

The Texas House

In the House there are 12 open seats currently held by the GOP and one by the Democrats.

Those vacancies include HD 89 held by Jodie Laubenberg and HD 109 held by Helen Giddings who have both announced their retirements.
In Austin-based HD 46, Rep. Dawnna Dukes is facing five Democratic challengers, including former Austin City Councilwoman Sheryl Cole.

Representative Mary Gonzalez in El Paso, faces a tough challenge from Mary Sue Femath.

In HD 116, Rep. Diana Arevalo faces opposition from former Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer.
House District 75 (D):  Rep. Mary Gonzalez of El Paso is contending with challenger Mary Sue Femath, a Tigua tribal member.
House District 116 (D): Rep. Diana Arevalo will have to face off with former Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who vacated the seat in 2016 to unsuccessfully run for Texas Senate.

And finally, in House District 134 Rep. Sarah Davis is being challenged by Susanna Dokupil, an opponent who has secured an endorsement from Gov. Abbott as well as from the far right of the GOP. It will be interesting to see how this race shakes out considering this district is by no means a guaranteed win for the GOP - no matter who wins the primary.

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