The 2018 political season kicked into high gear Saturday, as candidates — including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — formally filed for slots on next year’s primary ballots.
Statewide candidates filed in Austin as dozens of candidates in Tarrant County headed to local party headquarters to turn in fees and paperwork to lock in their spots on the March 6 primary ballot.
Abbott tipped his hat to veterans, filing for a second term on Veterans Day, as he also unveiled a set of policies called “Front of the Line” that are geared to help veterans.
“When I launched my reelection campaign this summer, I made a promise to elevate Texas to even greater heights,” he said. “I promised to strengthen our education system, crack down on gangs and violent crime and grow our economy and create more jobs.
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“And I also promised to do more to empower our veterans, whether they are returning to the workforce after their service, looking to become an entrepreneur and start a business, or trying to get access to the healthcare they need.”
Abbott turned in petitions supporting his candidacy to Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey during a Veterans Day event.
Candidates have until Dec. 11 to file for a spot on the ballot.
Those running in districts entirely in Tarrant County file at party headquarters in Fort Worth. Candidates in districts that cover more than one county must file with state party headquarters in Austin.
Complete lists of those who filed Saturday were not available. Here’s a look at some of the local and statewide filings:
Texas Governor: In addition to Abbott, Democrats Grady Yarbrough of Flint and Tom Wakely of San Antonio also filed.
Texas Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent Republican Dan Patrick filed for re-election. Democrat Michael Cooper of Fort Worth also filed.
Texas Attorney General: Democrat Justin Nelson of Austin.
Texas Railroad Commission: Incumbent Republican Christi Craddick filed for re-election. Democrat Roman McAllen of Denton also filed for a post on the state board.
U.S. Senate: Republican Ted Cruz has said he’s seeking re-election to the seat. Republican Geraldine Sam, former mayor of La Marque, filed as well.
Congressional District 6: U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, has said he is running for re-election. Democrat Ruby Faye Woolridge of Arlington filed for the seat as well.
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Congressional District 26: U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point.
Texas House District 91: State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.
Texas House District 94: State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington.
Texas House District 96: State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington.
Texas House District 97: State Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth.
Texas House District 98: State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake.
Tarrant County Judge: Incumbent Republican Glen Whitley.
Tarrant County Commissioners Court: Incumbent Andy Nguyen for precinct 2; Incumbent Republican J.D. Johnson for precinct 4.
Tarrant County District Clerk: Incumbent Republican Tom Wilder.
Tarrant County District Attorney: Incumbent Republican Sharen Wilson.
Tarrant County Clerk: Incumbent Republican Mary Louise Garcia.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1: Incumbent Republican Ralph Swearingin.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2: Incumbent Republican Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3: Republican Bill Brandt.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 4: Republican Toni Glover.
Judge, 231st District Court: Republican Jesse Nevarez.
Judge, 236th District Court: Incumbent Republican Tom Lowe.
Judge, 322nd District Court: Republican James Munford.
Judge, Criminal Court No. 9: Incumbent Republican Brent Carr.
Judge, Probate Court No. 1: Republican Catherine Goodman.
Tarrant County Republican Party Chair: Republican Rick Barnes.
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