Larry Taylor

If nothing changes in the next week, Alvin and Manvel will be represented by the same duo at the state Legislature next year.

As of Monday, state Rep. Ed Thompson was the only person to file to run for election in the District 29 House race. In the District 11 Senate race, State Sen. Larry Taylor is the only candidate to have filed.

Candidates have until Dec. 9 to file to run in the county, state and federal elections in the March primary.

Thompson and Taylor both filed for re-election in the Republican primary. The two experienced lawmakers were busy in the last session as Taylor led the GOP efforts to revamp the state’s public education finance system.

Taylor was chairman of the Senate Education Committee during the debate over school finance and property tax reform. While Thompson had a lower profile, he was also instrumental in the property tax bill that became state law.

District 22 congressional primary

The number of Republicans who have filed to run in the March primary continues to climb with more candidates expected before the Dec. 9 deadline.  

Through Tuesday morning, six candidates have filed with the state Republican Party to be on the March primary ballot. According to the secretary of state’s website, no Democrats have filed as of yet.

All the candidates who file are trying to replace Congressman Pete Olson, who announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking another term.

The Republicans who have filed and will be on the ballot include:

• Brazoria County Judge Greg Hill. Hill was elected judge in 2018 and stepped down after announcing his plans to run for Congress.

• IT Specialist and Indian activist Bangar Reddy.

• Clear Lake resident and artist Aaron Hermes.

• GOP activist and former congressional candidate Kathaleen Wall.

• Finance manager and admitted policy geek Matt Hinton.

• Attorney and former Harris County prosecutor Douglas Haggard.

Republican candidates who have an expressed an interest in running but have not yet filed include:

• Felicia Harris Hoss

• Howard Steele

• Keli Chevalier

• Joe Walz

• Diana Miller

• Shandon Phan

• Jon Camarillo

• Troy Nehls

Three Democrats have also expressed an interest in running for the seat, although none have filed before Thanksgiving.

The Democrats who have expressed an interest are:

Sri Kulkarni

Nyanza Moore

Derrick Reed

In other compelling races on the ballot, candidates have begun filing for the presidential primary. On the Democrat side, some of the leading candidates have guaranteed a spot on the ballot, while others will have to get access before Dec. 9.

Those on the Democrat ballot so far include:

• Michael Bloomberg

• Pete Buttigieg

• Kamala Harris

• Amy Klobachar

• Bernie Sanders

According to the secretary of state’s site, only one Republican candidate has filed so far, but surprisingly that candidate in not President Donald Trump.

Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente Guerra is the only GOP candidate to file with a week left before the deadline.

In the race for U.S. Senate, five candidates have filed to be on the ballot.

For the GOP, incumbent Sen. John Cornyn is seeking another seat and will be opposed by Dwayne Stovall and Mark Yancey.

For Democrats, state Sen. Royce West and Jack Daniel Foster Jr. have both filed.

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