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Filing Deadline: December 11, 2017
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): August 24, 2018
Primary: March 6, 2018
Run-Off: May 22, 2018
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= Winner
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This page was last updated on October 17, 2017


Greg Abbott (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Larry Secede Kilgore (R) - Conservative Activist, Telecommunications Worker & Frequent Candidate
Cedric Davis (D) - Ex-Balch Springs Mayor, Ex-School Dist. Police Chief & Frequent Candidate
Thor Harris (D) - Musician, Artist & Progressive Activist
Jeffrey Payne (D)  - Businessman, Bar Owner & LGBT Activist
Tom Wakely (D) - Hospice Care Provider, Minister, USAF Veteran & '16 US Rep. Nominee
Kory Watkins (Libertarian) - Anti-Police Group Organizer & Gun "Open Carry" Activist

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

George W. Bush - 1994

Dan Patrick (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Collier (D) - Corporate Executive, Democratic Activist & '14 State Comptroller Nominee

Ken Paxton (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Glenn Hegar (R)* - (Campaign Site)

James A. Baker - 1978

George P. Bush (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Sid Miller (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Kim Olson (D) – Ex-Weatherford School Board Member, Retired USAF Colonel & Farmer


Christi Craddick (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Roman McAllen (D) - Architect & Urban Planner

Ryan Sitton (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.

Wayne Christian (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2022.

Preston Smith


State House

State Senate


Ted Cruz (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Stefano de Stefano (R) - Attorney

Bruce Jacobson (R) - Evangelical Cable Television Show Executive & Ex-Reagan White House Aide
Michael McCaul (R) - Congressman & Attorney

Dan McQueen (R) - Ex-Corpus Christi Mayor, Businessman, Engineer & Navy Veteran
Pavel Goberman (D) - Fitness Instructor & Frequent Candidate
Sema Hernandez (D) - Businesswoman & Sanders Campaign Activist
Beto O'Rourke (D) - Congressman, Ex-El Paso City Councilman & Businessman
Dustin Ray Webb (D) - Accountant & Sanders Campaign Activist

John Tower - 1978

John Cornyn (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.
Joaquin Castro (D) - Congressman & Ex-State Rep.


District 1:
Louie Gohmert (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Anthony Culler (R) - Ex-Bank Manager & '14/'16 Candidate
Roshin Rowjee (R) - Unlicensed Physician
Brent Beal (D) - College Professor
Shirley McKellar (D) - Non-Profit Group Founder, Retired Army Officer & Frequent Candidate

Ron Paul for Congress

District 2:
Ted Poe (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Malcolm Whittaker (R) - Attorney
Pat Bryan (D) - Electrical Engineer, Computer Engineer & '16 Nominee
Nikolus Gianukos (D) - Stay-Home Father, Ex-IT Technician & Sanders Campaign Activist
James Graf (D) - Businessman, Ex-Investment Banker & '14 Candidate in California
J. Darnell Jones (D) - Businessman, Attorney & Retired Navy Officer
Ali Khorasani (D) - Chemical Engineer
Todd Litton (D) - Non-Profit Executive, Education Advocate & Attorney

District 3:
[ Sam Johnson (R)* - Retiring in 2018. ]
Roger Barone (R) - Investment Manager

Van Taylor (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Iraq War Veteran & '06 Nominee

Lorie Burch (D) - Attorney
Sam Johnson (D) - Attorney

Harry LaRosiliere (D) - Plano Mayor & Ex-Plano City Councilman

Medrick Yhap (D) - Software Engineer & Ex-Police Officer
Robert Mason (Humane) - Businessman, Financial Advisor & Navy Veteran

District 4:
John Ratcliffe (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Sholdon Daniels (R) - Attorney & Community Activist

District 5:
Jeb Hensarling (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dan Wood (D) - Ex-Terrell City Councilman, Attorney & '15 State Appeals Court Justice Nominee

Jack Brooks

District 6:
Joe Barton (R)* - (Campaign Site)
John W. Duncan (D) - HIV/AIDS Non-Profit Service Group Compliance Officer
Jana Lynne Sanchez (D) - Communications Consultant
Levii Shocklee (D) Ex-Civil Servant & Navy Veteran
Justin Snider (D) - Locksmith & Sanders Campaign Activist
Ruby Faye Woolridge (D) - Pastor, Teacher & '16 Nominee
Glenn Adair (Libertarian)

District 7:
John Culberson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
David Balat (R) - Health Care Executive
Joshua A. Butler (D) - University Development Official
James Cargas (D) - Attorney, Ex-Clinton White House Aide & Frequent Candidate

Collin Cox (D) - Attorney

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) - Attorney
Laura Moser (D) - Author, Journalist & Progressive Activist
Alex Triantaphyllis (D) - Non-Profit Executive, Attorney & Ex-Investment Banker
Jason Westin (D) - Physician

District 8:
Kevin Brady (R)* - (Campaign Site)
James Cantu (R) - Investment Banker
Autry Pruitt (R) - Conservative Activist, Columnist & TV Pundit
Sean Ricker (R) - Oil & Gas Engineer, Ex-Nuclear Engineer & Navy Veteran
Todd Carlton (D) - Crop Consultant
Steven David (D) - International Business Consultant

District 9:
Al Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Christian Hernandez (D) - Hospital Worker

District 10:
Michael McCaul (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Richie DeGrow (D) - Business Manager

Tom DeLay

District 11:
Mike Conaway (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mason Casas (D) - Truck Driver
Virginia "Jennie Lou" Leeder (D) - Llano County Democratic Chair & '16 State Sen. Nominee
Eric Pfalzgraf (D) - School Bus Driver & Mechanic

District 12:
Kay Granger (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Vanessa Adia (D) - Teacher
Al Woolum (D) - Retired Teacher & Vietnam War Veteran

District 13:
Mac Thornberry (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Greg Sagan (D) - Retired Business Consultant & Vietnam War Veteran

District 14:
Randy Weber (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Bill "Sarge" Sargent (R) - Elections Administrator, Ex-US Commerce Dept Official & Navy Veteran
Levi Q. Barnes Jr. (D) - Pastor, Teacher & Inventor
Adrienne Bell (D) - Educator & Democratic Activist
Larry Tylka (D) - Attorney & Mediator

District 15:
Vicente Gonzalez (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Charlie Wilson

District 16:
[ Beto O'Rourke (D)* - Candidate for US Senate in 2018. ]
John Carrillo (D) - Radio Station Executive & Ex-Radio Show Producer
Veronica Escobar (D) - Ex-El Paso County Judge & Ex-El Paso County Commissioner
Dori Fenenbock (D) - Ex-El Paso School Board President & Attorney
Enrique Garcia (D) - Attorney
Nicole LeClaire (D) - Teacher, Cheerleading Coach & Navy Veteran

Oscar Leeser (D) - El Paso Mayor & Auto Dealer

Jessica Kludt Allala (I) - Attorney & Ex-Democrat

District 17:
Bill Flores (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Rick Kennedy (D)
Dale Mantey (D) - Graduate Student & Community Activist
Scott Sturm (D) - Paramedic

District 18:
Sheila Jackson Lee (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ava Pate (R) - Cosmetologist & '16 Candidate
Jessica Peterka (Independent) - Teacher & Ex-College Softball Coach

Lori Bartley (Independent) - Bookkeeper, Business Consultant & '16 GOP Nominee

District 19:
Jodey Arrington (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dan Epstein (D) - College Professor & Sanders Campaign Activist
Miguel Levario (D) - College Professor

District 20:
Joaquin Castro (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R) - Ex-Congressman, Attorney & Businessman

Henry B. Gonzalez

District 21:
Lamar Smith (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Eric Burkhart (R) - Retired CIA Officer & Motivational Speaker
Derrick Crowe (D) - Businessman, Ex-Congressional Aide & Progressive Activist
Joseph Kopser (D) - Businessman, Aerospace Engineer & Retired Army Officer
Elliott McFadden (D) - Bike Share Company Exec. Dir. & Progressive Activist
Rixi Melton (D) - Business Consultant, Guitar Instructor, Artist & Community Activist
Chris Perri (D) - Attorney & Economist
Mary Wilson (D) - Baptist Minister & Ex-Teacher

District 22:
Pete Olson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Harry Bowers (R) - Nurse
James Green (R)
Eric Zmrhal (R) - Oilfield Project Engineer & Community Activist
Mark Gibson (D) - Attorney, Businessman & Retired Army Colonel
Letitia Plummer (D) - Dentist & Democratic Activist
Stephanie Williams (Independent)

District 23:
Will Hurd (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Alma Arredondo-Lynch (R) - Dentist
Judy Canales (D) - Ex-USDA State Official, Ex-Journalist & Community Activist
Jay Hulings (D) - Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Gina Ortiz Jones (D) - Iraq War Veteran & Ex-US Trade Representative Official

Trey Martinez Fischer (D) - Ex-State Rep., Attorney & '15/'16 State Sen. Candidate

Rick Trevino (D) - Teacher, Sanders Campaign Activist & '17 City Council Candidate

District 24:
Kenny Marchant (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Moates (R) - Journalist & Conservative Activist
Todd Allen (D) - Educator
John Biggan (D) - Research Scientist & Psychologist
Jan McDowell (D) - Personal Concierge, Ex-Human Resouces Executive & '16 Nominee

District 25:
Roger Williams (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ben Garves (D) - IT Company Product Manager
Chetan Panda (D) - Financial Advisor
Kathi Thomas (D) - Event Planner, Democratic Activist & '16 Nominee

Phil Gramm - Clayton Williams - Joe Dial - Rob Mosbacher Jr. - 1990

District 26:
Michael Burgess (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Veronica Birkenstock (R) - Businesswoman
Cyrus Sajna (R) - Financial Advisor
Ira Bershad (D) - Executive Recruiter
Linsey Fagan (D) - Businesswoman
Will Fisher (D) - Attorney
John Wannamaker (D) - Motivational Speaker & USMC Veteran

District 27:
Blake Farenthold (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Cloud (R) - Victoria County GOP Chair & Media Production Company Owner
Eric Holguin (D) - Ex-Congressional Aide

Solomon Ortiz Jr. (D) - Ex-State Rep., Businessman & Ex-Teacher

Rene Pena Jr. (D) - Physician

District 28:
Henry Cuellar (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 29:
Gene Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Adrian Garcia (D) - Ex-Harris County Sheriff, Ex-Houston City Councilman & '16 Candidate
Hector Morales (D) - Teacher

Martin Frost

District 30:
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Barbara Mallory Caraway (D) - Ex-State Rep., Ex-Dallas City Councilwoman & Frequent Candidate

Charles Lingerfelt (R) - Restaurant Owner, Ex-Educator, Conservative Activist & '16 Nominee

District 31:
John Carter (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Sweeney (R) - Businessman
Mike Clark (D) - GIS Administrator & Geologist
Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar (D) - Business Consultant, Afghan War Veteran & Author
Kent Lester (D) - Investor, Ex-Teacher & Army Veteran
Christine Mann (D) - Physician

District 32:
Pete Sessions (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Colin Allred (D) - Attorney & Ex-Pro Football Player
David Henry (D)
Awbrey Hughlett (D) - Web Developer
Steve Love (D) - Retired Methodist Pastor, USAF Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Ron Marshall (D) - Retired Aerospace Engineer
Todd Maternowski (D) - Technical Writer & Progressive Activist
Ed Meier (D) - Ex-Hillary Clinton Campaign Official, Ex-US State Dept. Official & Attorney

Regina Montoya (D) - Attorney, Ex-Hospital Executive & '00 Nominee

Dani Pellett (D) - Political Research Assistant & Transgender Rights Activist
Darrell Rodriguez (D) - Teacher
George Rodriguez (D) - Attorney
Lillian Salerno (D) - Businesswoman, Attorney & Ex-US Depy. Undersecretary of Agricutlure
Chris Suprun (D) - Paramedic & 2016 Presidential Elector

District 33:
Marc Veasey (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Kurt Schwab (R) - Air Show Promoter, Non-Profit Group Founder & USAF Veteran

Bill Clements for Governor

District 34:
Filemon Vela (D)*

District 35:
Lloyd Doggett (D)* - (Campaign Site)
S.K. Alexander (R)

District 36:
Brian Babin (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jon Powell (D) - Ex-Taylor Lake Village Mayor, Scientist & Business Consultant
Dayna Steele (D) - Store Owner & Retired Radio Rock DJ


Texas Communist Party
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Bob Krueger

Secretary of State's Office

State Ethics Commission

George W. Bush - 1994


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Lloyd Bentsen - 1970

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