Because of two late dropouts, the Fort Bend County Republican Party filed for an extended filing deadline for Texas House District 26 and for Precinct 3 Constable.

County GOP chair Linda Howell posted on the party’s website a form to extend the filing deadline for both positions until 6 p.m. Monday.

The move comes after state Rep. Rick Miller decided not to run for re-election after making controversial comments about his opponents’ race last week.

Former Fort Bend County GOP chair Jacey Jetton, Houston Fire Department analyst Leonard Chan and insurance adjustor Matthew Morgan have already filed for the Republican primary.

Four Democrats, including technology professional Sarah DeMerchant, physician Dr. Suleman Lalani, former Texas Legislature aide Rish Oberoi and educator Lawrence Allen Jr., will run in that party’s March primary.

Also, Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson has decided not to run for re-election after three years at his position. Chad Norvell, who has been with the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office as a major, has filed for the constable position (see announcement below), along with Deputy Jesse Zamaripa.

On the Democratic side, Mo Nehad and Patrick Quincy have filed to run for the job.

In another move in local GOP politics, vaping business owner Michelle “Schell” Hammell will drop out of the running for the Congressional District 22 race and instead run in the Texas House District 26 race for the next term.

This means Hammell will run against Gary Gates in the March primary, with the winner facing Dr. Eliz Markowitz in the November general election.

Gates and Markowitz are in a runoff election for the unexpired term of the seat. Jan. 28 is the day of the election.

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