The filing period has begun and the excitement continues through January 4th. There are 83 days until the March 2nd primary elections.
Democrat Bill White made it official and filed his paperwork to run for governor. White, the outgoing Mayor of Houston, has spent the past 11 months raising funds for a possible U.S. Senate campaign.
Shortly after Bill White’s announcement, Democrat Hank Gilbert dropped out of the governor’s race and will run for agriculture commissioner.
Republican Van Taylor announced that he will run in the Republican primary for House District 66. That seat is currently held by Rep. Brian McCall (R-Plano) who announced that he will not run for reelection.
Former North Richland Hills Mayor Charles Scoma will challenge Rep. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) in the Republican primary for House District 91.
Republican Bill Zedler will try to win back the House District 96 seat he lost to Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) in 2008.
Former Arlington Councilwoman Barbara Nash filed to run in the Republican primary for the House District 93 seat currently held by Rep. Paula Pierson (D-Arlington).
Texarkana businessman Jackie Ballard announced that he will run for House District 1 as a Republican. That district is currently represented by Rep. Stephen Frost (D-Atlanta).