Fields Set for Trio of Legislative Special Elections

Today (Wednesday) was the deadline for candidates to file for the HD28, HD100 and HD148 special elections, which will coincide with the November 5 constitutional amendment election. Seven candidates filed to run for HD28, the seat being vacated by Rep. John Zerwas...

Lopez Defies History, Wins HD125 Runoff

Former San Antonio council member Ray Lopez defeated San Antonio construction businessman Fred Rangel, 58%-42%, to win the unexpired term of former Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio), who resigned in January to accept an appointment to the Bexar Co. Commissioners...

Fierro Wins, Morales and Noriega Advance to Runoff

Art Fierro, the chair of the El Paso Community Coll. board, won a three-way race outright to succeed former Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso). Fierro received 53% of the vote, defeating El Paso council member Michiel Noe (27%) and Republican candidate Hans Sassenfeld...

Expedited Special Elections Struggle to Find Voters

Three seats in the House of Representatives were vacant when the Legislature convened two weeks ago: HD79, an El Paso Co. seat vacated by former Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), who resigned in December, citing health reasons. HD125, a Bexar Co. seat vacated by former...

Abbott Orders Special Elections for HD79, HD145

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered January 29 special elections to fill vacant HD79 and HD145, triggered by the resignation of Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) and the promotion of Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston). Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by January 3....

By the Numbers: Special Election Turnout

6.8% Average turnout for special legislative and congressional elections and runoffs not coinciding with an even-year general election since 2013. In the last five years, special elections have been ordered to fill vacancies for 15 legislative and one congressional...