This Week in Texas: September 28, 2011

Posted September 28, 2011 in The Mignon Memo

Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) announced Monday that he will not seek re-election — the fourth incumbent to announce their retirement from the Texas Senate. Harris is the longest serving Republican in the Senate and chairs the Senate Jurisprudence Committee. Victor Vandergriff, Chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and past chairman of the North Texas Tollway Authority, will run in the Republican primary for Senate District 9. Vandergriff joins Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Plano) in the race.

Brownsville attorney Alex Dominguez has announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for state representative from District 37. House District 37 is currently represented by Rep. Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville).

Trent McKnight, a Throckmorton County rancher, will compete in the Republican primary for House District 68. Rep. Rick Hardcastle (R-Vernon), the district’s current representative, is retiring.

Republican Bill Wallace, a former Chambers County Commissioner, will challenge Rep. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston) in House District 23.