Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a June 14 emergency special election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), who resigned. Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by April 13. Early voting will begin May 31.

Abbott cited his disaster declarations related to Covid-19 and border security as the emergency, and he also cited the forthcoming hurricane season as a reason for the district to “have full and effective representation in Congress as soon as possible.”

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