This Week in Texas: October 5, 2011

Posted October 5, 2011 in The Mignon Memo

Rep. Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) will not seek re-election to his House District 114 seat. Former Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman and former Rep. Bill Keffer are said to be interested in running to replace Hartnett.

Donna Campbell announced that she will run against Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) in the Republican primary for Senate District 25. Campbell most recently ran against Congressman Lloyd Doggett in 2010.

Rep. Mark Shelton (R-Ft. Worth) is expected to officially announce that he will run in the Republican primary for the redrawn Senate District 10, currently represented by Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth). Dr. Shelton will be joining Rep. Kelly Hancock (R-Ft. Worth) who previously announced his intent to run for the Senate seat.

Ryan Downton, an attorney who served as general counsel to the House Redistricting Committee last session will challenge Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) in the Republican primary for House District 47.

Lufkin school board president Trent Ashby will challenge Rep. Marva Beck (R-Centerville) in the Republican primary in House District 57.

Dr. Stuart Spitzer, a Kaufman surgeon, announced he will run in the Republican primary for House District 4, currently represented by Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell).

Governor Rick Perry appointed John T. Steen III of Houston to the Texas Racing Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013.