HD62 open: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a special election for November 6 to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), whose previously announced resignation took effect today. Candidates must file by August 23. Brent Lawson and Reggie Smith are vying for the Republican nomination to face Democrat Valerie Hefner and Libertarian David Schaab in the general election, with which the special election coincides. Other candidates could file for the special election, but they would only serve until the Legislature convenes in January.

Phillips is the lone remaining candidate for the 59th Judicial District, barring a write-in candidacy.

Early voting for the May 5 uniform and special elections ends Tuesday.

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