SD19: Gov. Greg Abbott ordered an emergency special election (PDF) be held July 31 to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by Monday, June 25. Early voting will begin July 16 and run through July 27.

Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) and former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) have previously announced plans to seek the seat. San Antonio attorney and longtime Democratic activist Charlie Urbina Jones recently reactivated his campaign committee for the race. Retired game warden and 2016 Republican nominee Peter Flores also has an active campaign account and social media page for a potential run for the seat. Flores received 40% of the vote against Uresti in the last general election.

Uresti resigned earlier this week, four months after his conviction on 11 criminal fraud counts. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday, and he faces another criminal trial on unrelated charges in October. Uresti has maintained his innocence throughout the legal process and has indicated he would appeal the verdict. Shortly after the verdict was announced, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus called on him to step down, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) stripped him of his committee assignments. Uresti surrendered his law license in April.

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