Another North Texan has announced plans to run for governor, but Democrats still don't have a major name in the race with two months left to file.
Former Balch Springs Mayor Cedrick Davis Sr. says he is in.
"First of all as governor, my primary role is to be an advocate for all the hardworking people of Texas," Davis said in a written statement. "There are many major issues that will come before Texas legislature in the next few years. They include transportation issues like repair of roads and bridges, regional rail and transit service, flood control, public education, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. In addition, we need to strengthen our values of equality within the workplace and community. In addition, we must continue to retain and attract more industries to Texas."
This past weekend, Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne formally announced that he is seeking the job, and on Monday he opened his headquarters in Dallas. Payne says so far the average contribution to his campaign is $37.50.
"It is going to be a tough race, and we understand that. We didn't get into this thinking this will be easy," Payne said.
It will be an uphill battle for any candidate who faces incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. He has $41 million in the bank, and won by a big margin last election.
Candidates can begin filing next month and have until Dec. 11 to do so.
Julian Castro, former San Antonio mayor and secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, says he is out. His twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, says he plans to run for re-election for his current seat.
NBC 5 reached out to the Texas Democratic Party about its plans, and Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia released a statement, saying, in part: "The Texas Democratic Party is talking to a number of great leaders who are considering a run for governor, and we look forward to their announcements. These Texans come from diverse backgrounds with proven track records of leadership, and an unwavering commitment to our shared Democratic values."
Dallas business owner Danny Harrison has previously announced he will run for governor as an independent.