From our sources in Williamson County, EOW is hearing that state Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), will not be running for re-election for the Texas Senate. We’re also hearing that state Rep. Dan Gattis, Jr. (R-Georgetown) is the hand-picked successor for the Republican nomination to replace him in 2010.
If that’s the case that means the residents of HD-20 [MAP] – which encompasses the Northern and Western part of Williamson County, and all of Milam county – will have an open seat election in 2010. It’s still a pretty solid GOP leaning district but without the Gattis name on the ballot, potentially, who knows. Gattis (64.7%) outperfromed McCain (61%) in the 2008 election [.pdf], with Obama getting just a shade over 37% of the vote. The person with the D next to there name in 2008 wasn’t and isn’t a Democrat and that will change in 2010.
Of course this news is likely to reverberate all down the ballot in Williamson County, and potentially other SD 5 counties as well. And EOW hasn’t heard that Ogden won’t be running for another office, but there were signs during the past legislative session that Ogden might have been burnishing his resume for a statewide run, or possibly Congress.