State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, is weighing whether to add his name to the CD-36 GOP primary now that the filing deadline has been extended to Dec. 16.
"We are strongly considering it," said White's political consultant, Jordan Berry.
The two-term legislator's HD-19, which includes Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk and Tyler counties, encompasses the northern half of CD-36.
The Texas Election Code required the extension of the filing deadline because of the timing of incumbent Steve Stockman's withdrawal from the ballot in order to enter the primary contest for the U.S. Senate. The first day in which candidates can submit candidacy papers under the new filing schedule is Wednesday.