Candidates eye Senate seat before it’s vacant

State Sen. Glenn Hegar is running for State Comptroller.  If he loses he will still be a state senator because his term does not expire until 2016.  But the sharks smell blood in the water with announcements and almost announcemnts already being made for the possiblity there will be vacant seat.

Charles C. Gregory, III, a self styled "conservative Republican" (is there any other kind of Republican in Texas?) has kicked off his campaign already with a July fundraiser and a website.  Gregory is from Richmond, TX.  He is former Mayor Pro-tem for the city of Simonton, TX and is evidenlty active in the Fort Bend County Republican Party.

While Gregory may be the only announced candidate, it is no secret that others are interested in the race, if there is one. According to Texas Weekly "State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, has made no secret of her desire to run for the state Senate seat." TW adds that in commenting on her $729,000 campaign war chest her campaing notes:  “Not surprising to most was the mention from Representative Kolkhorst that she is heavily considering a run for State Senate and, with this recent report, she is the clear financial front runner with none of her potential opponents coming close to the numbers she posted.”  Clearly a shot-across-the-bow for any other would be hopefuls.

Others already mentioned as possible candidates include Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) and CPA and TSCPA member Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton).  Zerwas has since been quoted as saying he will stay in the House, but who knows, there's not even a vacant senate seat yet!

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