Just days before the filing deadline, Fifth Ward-native Richard Bonton placed his name on the ballot to challenge 32-year incumbent State Representative Harold Dutton for the Democratic primary in March.
Serving in the State House since 1985 Dutton has rarely been challenged and carries not only decades of name recognition, but a campaign war chest with $91,677.70 in the bank. Over the years, he's rarely had to touch it during campaign season.
Bonton says he appreciates Dutton for his previous years of service, but feels a different direction is needed in Austin.
As further details are available, we'll keep you in the loop with this race.
Expect a debate and in-depth interviews with the candidates as this race shapes up.