This Week in Texas: September 23, 2009

Posted September 23, 2009 in The Mignon Memo

Add Hank Gilbert, an East Texas rancher and former teacher, to the list of Democrats running for governor. He joins a group that includes Tom Schieffer, Kinky Friedman and Mark Thompson.

Lubbock attorney Zach Brady announced that he will challenge Rep. Delwin Jones (R-Lubbock) in the Republican primary race for House District 83.

Jones County Republican Party Chairman David Andrews announced that will run for House District 85. Rep. Joe Heflin (D-Crosbyton) currently represents the district.

Former Executive Director of the Texas Legislative Council Milton Rister announced that he will run in the Republican primary for House District 20. Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown), District 20’s current representative, has announced that he will run for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan).

Some former state representatives were in the news this week. The U.S. Senate confirmed Juan Garcia as assistant secretary of the Navy. Rick Noriega will serve as the President and CEO of AVANCE Inc, a non-profit focusing on literacy and families living in at-risk communities.

Lowell Keig, general counsel at Youth & Family Centered Services Inc., has been appointed by Governor Perry to the board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.