I've been a little quiet on who is running and who is not running for a reason. I'm not sure who is for real and who is just dipping their toe in the water. No need to get excited about somebody who may be "talked out of running," if you know what I mean.
Although, if I was a sharp voter I would be quizzing all candidates on what they think of the upcoming EPISD bond issue, county raises and other tax related issues. You will get a good sense of who is backing them - and that's important.
The groups hoping to be kingmakers have become a little fluid. It's hard to tell who has alliances with whom and where the love ends and the back stabbing begins. And because I'm pretty busy these days, I can't go tracking down all the leads.
What I do know is that one particular person has kind of burst onto the election scene with a plethora of candidates lining up for some direction/help. This will cause another group with their own sewn-in mouthpiece to start firing off bombs. It should be exciting given the new person has some formidable personalities running for office.
What I think would be nice to have is a chart where each candidate is listed and then below are the names of he "players" advising them. This will give you all an idea of who is pulling the strings. We are way past the days of either being the Forma candidate or not being the Forma candidate. Lots of little Karl Roves out there now trying to make small town politics pay.