This Week in Texas: November 4, 2009

Posted November 4, 2009 in The Mignon Memo

Another Election Day has come and gone. Here in Texas, all 11 constitutional amendments on the ballot passed with each proposition garnering at least 55 percent of the vote. In Houston, there will be a runoff on December 12 in the mayoral race between City Controller Annise Parker and former City Attorney Gene Locke.

Houston hair care executive Farouk Shami announced that he is running for governor as a Democrat and has pledged that he’ll put in $10 million of his money in that primary race.

Republican Paul Workman announced his candidacy for House District 47, a seat currently held by Rep. Valinda Bolton (D-Austin).

El Paso developer Jay Kleberg announced that he will run in the Republican primary for House District 78, a district currently represented by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso).

Despite an earlier announcement that he would run, former Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber says he will not oppose Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) in the 2010 Republican primary.

Former state representative Arlene Wohlgemuth will join the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s permanent staff on January 1, 2010, in the newly created role of executive director.

There is a new website in town for you political news junkies out there. The Texas Tribune describes itself as a non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern.