December 05, 2007
The filings I'm waiting for

Now that filing season has begun, here are the races where I'm most anxious to see who (or if) the opposition candidate will be. In some cases, there may be a candidate out there and I've just not heard about him or her. I think in most of these cases, I'm not even aware of a rumored candidate. Let's take a look:

Supreme Court, Place 1 - Someone has to run against Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, right?

Court of Criminal Appeals - If the Dems fail to field anyone here, or (sigh) get nothing but another dose of JR Molina, Grits and I are gonna be pissed.

Harris County Sheriff - Is Adrian Garcia in, or isn't he? Far as I know, nobody knows for sure right now. I'm aware of other possibilities, some better than others, if Garcia decides not to jump in. I'd rather have Garcia, but right now I just want to know where we stand.

By the way, if you're wondering why I didn't list Tax Assessor here, the answer is that I am now aware of a very good candidate for this office. I am not yet at liberty to discuss this candidate, however. But we have one, so even though this person has not yet filed, I know it's coming. Stay tuned.

Congressional District 7 - As above, I am aware of two possibilities, neither of which I can disclose yet, but I don't know whether one will yield to the other, or if we'll have another contested primary. I expect to hear something on this very soon.

My Eight for 08 State House seats - Ginny McDavid is running in HD138, I figure one way or another Dan Barrett will be on the ballot in HD97, and I've heard the faintest whisper of a rumor about HD26. Beyond that, I'm waiting. I figure most of these seats will draw contenders, it's just a matter of whom.

Congressional District 32, State Senate District 4 - Two from Dallas County, each reasonably competitive. I have to figure that after the success of 2006, the Dallas folks will want to put up a real fight for these, but as yet I've heard nada.

State House Districts 134, 137, and 143 - Only three State House Dems from Harris County faced an opponent in 2006. Hubert Vo has one again, but as yet Scott Hochberg and Ana Hernandez have none. For that matter, freshman Ellen Cohen has no known opponent. Will the local GOP give them all a pass, so it can concentrate on playing defense?

State House District 145 - Both for the primary - is Carol Alvarado really in? - and for the general - will the GOP leave this open seat uncontested?

On a related note, yesterday I heard of a primary opponent against my State Rep., Jessica Farrar. I'm going to keep this one pretty simple, because as far as I'm concerned, Farrar = good, anyone running against her = bad. I'm sure I'll have more to say about this one soon, but for now, that's all there is to it for me.

What filings are you waiting on?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 05, 2007 to Election 2008

Any candidate who will support Hand Counted Paper Ballots to return people observing real evidence to elections as required by the state's Constitution so that we can begin to try to improve our future.


Posted by: Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on December 5, 2007 1:49 PM

I have to figure that after the success of 2006, the Dallas folks will want to put up a real fight for these, but as yet I've heard nada.

Dallas has a really huge problem Kuff, which no one in the Democratic Party is mentioning, let alone mitigating. Don't be surprised if the Republicans use her as an albotross around the necks of all of our DFW candidates.

Posted by: blank on December 6, 2007 12:21 PM