This Week in Texas: October 7, 2009

Posted October 7, 2009 in The Mignon Memo

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced the Senate appointments to the Sunset Advisory Commission on Tuesday.  Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) was named as Chairman.  Other new members include Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston); Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston).  Charles McMahen of Schulenburg was named as a public member. These appointees join Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) was continues to serve as a member of the Commission.  Speaker Joe Straus has yet to announce his appointees.  For more information on these appointees, go to
Republican Stephen Thomas announced his intention to run for House District 20, the seat being vacated by Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown).  Thomas recently resigned from his position on the Cedar Park City Council in order to make the race.
Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) will face a challenger in the general election next November.  Republican Glenn Bass announced that he will run for the House District 48 seat.
George “Buddy” Winn, who was Brazos County’s tax assessor for 30 years until his 2007 retirement, will challenge Rep. Fred Brown (R-College Station) in next year’s Republican party primary for House District 14.
As these campaign announcements continue, keep in mind that in order to run in either the Republican or Democratic Party primary for a particular office, a candidate must file an application between December 3, 2009 and January 4, 2010, the filing deadline.