This Week in Texas: August 17, 2011

Posted August 17, 2011 in The Mignon Memo

In case you have been out of the country during the last week, Governor Rick Perry is officially in the 2012 presidential race. That means more eyes on the state of Texas, for better or for worse.

The Republican Governors Association announced that Gov. Rick Perry will no longer serve as head of the organization due to Perry’s decision to officially enter the presidential race. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will take over the role as chair of the RGA.

Former San Antonio City Councilman Justin Rodriguez has announced that he will run for House District 125. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) who currently represents the district has announced that he will run for Congressional District 25 instead of his current Texas House seat. Another former San Antonio City Councilman, Phillip Cortez, is planning a run against Rep. John Garza (R-San Antonio) in House District 117. Tomás Larralde, the executive director of the Hispanic Contractors Association of San Antonio, is also running for the District 117 seat.