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Nov. 9 Evening Newscast

Republican U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert of Tyler is considering running for Texas attorney general.

  • U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) is considering running for Texas attorney general. If Gohmert enters the race, he’d join an already crowded GOP primary to unseat incumbent Ken Paxton. Gohmert says he will run if he can raise $1 million in the next 10 days.
  • He announced his plans this morning in Tyler. Gohmert said that Paxton's legal problems could endanger Republican control of the attorney general position in next year’s general election.
  • News of Gohmert's potential candidacy comes four days before candidate filing opens for the 2022 primary. Paxton currently faces three primary challengers: Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth.
  • Grapevine Colleyville I-S-D and former high school principal James Whitfield came to a settlement agreement at a school board meeting last night. The resolution ends an employment dispute that gained national attention.
  • Whitfield was the principal of Colleyville Heritage High School.
    The district placed him on leave this summer after complaints about the way he talks about race and racism. Specifically, his calls for district families to resist racism. The district has insisted the problem isn't about race, but Whitfield's job performance.
  • Superintendent Robin Ryan read a joint statement -- saying that both sides believe that they're right, and the conflict needs to end. The school district had previously considered firing Whitfield. As part of the settlement, Whitfield will remain on paid administrative leave until August 2023.