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2022 election cycle gearing up: Statewide officials, Senate and House members prepare for March 1 primary elections

Synopsis

Candidates are gearing up for the state’s primary election this March, and so is the Texas Apartment Association.


Key takeaways

  • All seats in the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, and a number of statewide offices are all up for election in 2022, beginning with the primary election March 1.
  • Typically, only half of the Senate is up each election cycle, but due to redistricting, all Senators are required to run in the 2022 primary. Currently, more than 20 members of the House have announced their intention not to seek re-election to their seats.
  • The Texas Apartment Association is identifying priority races and races with friendly incumbents, and will target those for initial campaign support.

The next two months promise to be very busy for elected officials in Texas, as they enter full-on campaign mode ahead of the primary election. The primary date this year is Tuesday, March 1.

January 31 is the last day to register to vote in the primary election. Early voting for the primary election begins February 14 and ends February 25. Voters may vote in either the Democratic or the Republican primary elections. See the end of this article for more election information that may be helpful to you.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton are facing primary challengers. Four of the Texas Supreme Court justices are up for re-election, along with Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. All of these officials have primary challengers filed at this point, with the Attorney General and Agriculture races expected to be the most hotly contested.

Texas Senate, House races

All members of the Texas House and Texas Senate are up for re-election this cycle, due to the redistricting process which was completed in a Special Legislative Session in 2021. More than 20 House members and a handful of senators have announced they will not seek re-election to their district, due to retirement or running for a different office. Many will face competitive primary races in March, though the general election races in November are typically not as challenging for the dominant party of the district.

TAA and member involvement

The Texas Apartment Association strives to be good stewards of the Political Action Committee funds members work tirelessly to raise. The TAA Government Affairs team will be traveling around Texas during the next two months, partnering with local affiliate staff and members to personally deliver PAC contributions to as many candidates as possible. Contributions will initially be given in priority races and races with friendly incumbents where these campaign contributions will likely make a huge difference. A full list of TAA-endorsed candidates will be coming soon.

TAA also encourages all members to participate in the political process by getting out to vote. You can view a full list of candidate filings on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.  You can also find out how to register to vote and what’s on the ballot, among other things, at www.votetexas.gov.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact Kyle Jackson, TAA Director of Government Affairs, at 512/479-6252 or by email to governmentaffairs@taa.org.

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