Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Harris County Update

All incumbent state representatives have filed for reelection as of 5 p.m. yesterday except:
129 John Davis (R)
137 Scott Hochberg (D) who has announced his retirement
144 Ken Legler (R)
147 Garnet Coleman (D)
Rep. Ken Legler is undecided whether he will file for reelection in his court drawn district, which is not winnable for a Republican.  Rep. John Davis and Rep. Garnet Coleman are expected to seek reelection.
Democratic Primaries

137 No one has filed so far, although Brandon Dudley, Sen. Ellis’ Chief of Staff; Joe Madden, Rep. Coleman’s Chief of Staff; and Jamaal Smith, former Executive Director of Harris County Democratic Party; have all expressed interest in the race.
144 There are now two candidates for the Democratic nomination:  Orlando Ybarra, Pasadena City Councilman and Pearland police officer; and Kevin Risner, son of Judge George Risner.  HCC Trustee Mary Ann Perez is also looking at the race. 
The following incumbent state senators have filed for reelection as of 5 p.m. yesterday:
  6 Mario Gallegos
13 Rodney Ellis
15 John Whitmire
17 Joan Huffman
18 Glenn Hegar
The following incumbents have not filed yet:
4 Tommy Williams
7 Dan Patrick
11 Mike Jackson, who is vacating his seat to run for Congress
Sen. Williams and Sen. Patrick each intend to file for reelection.
SD 6 Democratic Primary?  A SD 6 push poll has been conducted in the last few days testing various opponents against Sen. Gallegos.  Team Gallegos believes that Bill King is the instigator of the poll, acting on behalf of HISD interests and perhaps anti-public employee pension interests.  Former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia continues to indicate that she will not run against Sen. Gallegos.
SD 11 Republican Primary  Rep. Larry Taylor and Daniel McCool, Harris County Deputy Sheriff, have each filed.