Jeffrey Payne holds a grand opening of his campaign headquarters from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 6510 Abrams Road Suite 100. His media director Hardy Haberman said supporters and those curious about the campaign are welcome. Payne will be there to welcome supporters.

Payne formally announced his candidacy on Oct. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Since making the announcement, Payne has been on the road campaigning around the state.

Here’s where the governor’s race stands

Payne, who is gay, is one of two announced Democratic candidates. The other is Tom Wakely, a hospice chaplain from San Antonio whose main issue seems to be marijuana reform. In 2016, he ran against Rep. Lamar Smith in the 21st congressional district.

On the Republican side, Gov. Greg Abbott has one primary challenger so far — Larry SECEDE Kilgore (emphasis is the candidate’s). In 2008, he campaigned for the U.S. Senate, advocating the death penalty for abortion, adultery and homosexuality and flogging for vulgar language and transvestitism.

Kory Watkins has registered as a Libertarian candidate.

The primary will be held on March 6, 2018, and the general election is Nov. 6, 2018. In addition to governor, Sen. Ted Cruz is up for re-election next year. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is challenging him. A number of judges will also be up for election.