By ALEX WUKMAN
State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) announced he won’t be seeking another term. In 2018, Bohac won reelection by less than 50 votes.
The nine-term incumbent’s decision not to seek reelection next year gives Democrats a good opportunity to pick up Bohac’s West Houston district, which would move them one seat closer to flipping the State House.
Currently, the Dems need 10 seats to flip the House — nine if they can hold onto HD-100, a solidly blue district represented by Eric Johnson until he decided to run for mayor of Dallas.
Even before Bohac announced his retirement from public office he’d drawn two Democratic challengers —Akilah Bacy and Josh Wallenstein. In April Adam Milasincic, Bohac’s 2018 opponent, announced he won’t be running again and threw his support behind Bacy.
Bohac is the latest in a long line of Texas Republicans to announce a decision to resign or not seek reelection. So far, five of Texas’ Republican congressmen and three additional GOP state representatives will join Bohac on the political sidelines.
Since the filing period for the 2020 primaries doesn’t open until November, the next few weeks could bring more retirement announcements.