SD19: The co-defendant for the second criminal trial of Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has asked that the trial be delayed until October. Uresti and Lubbock businessman Vernon Farthing III were charged in May with conspiracy and bribery in connection with a medical services contract for a correctional facility in Reeves Co., which is located within Uresti’s districts. The charges are unrelated to Uresti’s conviction last month on felony counts including wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a bankrupt frac-sand company and its executives. Uresti has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings. Uresti and Farthing’s trial was scheduled to begin May 7. A U.S. magistrate will hold a hearing Monday on Farthing’s request for a continuance and to be tried separately from Uresti.
HD107: One vote ended up separating Republican candidates Brad Perry, who missed the runoff, and Joe Ruzicka, who faces Deanna Metzger. The margin between Perry and Ruzicka was six votes on Election Day. Perry has endorsed Ruzicka.
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