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Candidates on the Ballot in Texas Primary March 1, 2016
Monday, December 21, 2015 7:00 AM

Monday, Dec. 14, was the deadline for candidates to file with Republican and Democratic parties to be on the March 1 primary ballot. 

In addition to the presidential candidates, all US House seats are up for election in 2016. Rubén Hinojosa in District 15 in south Texas and Randy Neugebauer representing District 19 from Abilene to Lubbock are retiring. District 15 drew six Democratic candidates and one Republican, while only Republican candidates filed in District 19.

The congressional incumbents who will not face a primary opponent are Ted Poe, Jeb Hensarling, John Culberson, Al Green, Mike Conaway, Mike McCaul, Kay Granger, Michael Burgess, Bill Flores, Will Hurd, Mac Thornberry, Will Hurd, Roger Williams, John Carter, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Kenny Marchant, Lloyd Doggett, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Olson, John Carter, Joaquin Castro, and Brian Babin. Of these, Poe, Hensarling, Green, Conaway, Granger, Thornberry, Flores, Williams, Carter, Vela, Castro, and Babin will not have opponents in the general election.

Incumbent members of Congress who drew primary opponents are Kevin Brady, Pete Sessions, Louie Gohmert, Sam Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Joe Barton, Randy Weber, Beto O’Rourke, Lamar Smith, Blake Farenthold, Henry Cuellar, Gene Green, and Eddie Bernice Johnson.

In the Texas Senate, 16 of 31 seats are up for re-election, and two of those seats are open due to retirements from Troy Fraser and Kevin Eltife. Fraser’s district has drawn six Republican candidates and no Democratic candidates. Four Republicans have filed in Eltife’s district, including two current House members, David Simpson and Bryan Hughes.

There are two high-profile senate races in San Antonio. Freshman Sen. José Menéndez, who won a special election in February 2015 against then fellow House member Trey Martinez Fischer, will be challenged again by Martinez Fischer, who will have to give up his House seat to make the senate run; and incumbent Sen. Carlos Uresti will face Helen Madla in the Democratic primary.

All 150 seats in the Texas House are up for election, with 16 members retiring or running for other offices. Bryan Hughes and David Simpson will give up their House seats to run for Kevin Eltife’s seat in the Senate. Susan King is running for Troy Fraser’s senate seat. Other retiring House members are John Otto, Scott Turner, Elliott Naishtat, Jimmie Don Aycock, Jim Keffer, Myra Crownover, Marisa Marquez, Trey Martinez Fischer, Ruth Jones McClendon, Patricia Harless, Allen Fletcher, and Sylvester Turner.

House member Joe Farias resigned his seat after the legislative session ended, and a run-off election will be held Jan. 26, 2016, to replace him. Republican John Lujan faces Democrat Thomas Uresti in the run-off election.

Incumbent House members who are being challenged in the primary are Speaker Joe Strauss, Dan Flynn, Gary VanDeaver, Stuart Spitzer, Byron Cook, John Raney, John Cyrier, Marsha Farney, Ron Reynolds, Paul Workman, Travis Clardy, Kyle Kacal, Molly White, DeWayne Burns, J.D. Sheffield, Doug Miller, Mary Gonzalez, Brooks Landgraf, John Frullo, Jodie Laubenberg, Jonathan Stickland, Tony Tinderholt, Charlie Geren, Cindy Burkett, Jason Villalba, Matt Rinaldi, Bill Zedler, Craig Goldman, Toni Rose, Angie Chen Button, Ina Minarez, Dan Huberty, Gene Wu, Hubert Vo, Wayne Smith, Alma Allen, Sarah Davis, and Debbie Riddle.

Contact Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman at 469-385-6488 or jhuffman@txcua.coop for more information.