Citing ongoing medical issues connected to a 2013 car accident, Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) announced she will resign on January 10. She was seeking her 12th term and will remain on the ballot in November. Dukes faces Manor special educator Gabriel Nila, a Republican, and two minor party candidates.
A special election will be needed to fill her seat, assuming she wins re-election in her heavily Democratic district in November. Democratic candidates had a 17,637-vote advantage in straight-ticket voting in the district in 2012.
Because the vacancy will occur during a legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott will call for an expedited special election. Several House seats were determined by similar expedited elections in 2015.
Section 203.013, Election Code, requires the election to be held on a Tuesday or Saturday between the 21st and 45th day after the special election is ordered. A runoff would occur between the 12th and 25th day after it is ordered, which occurs about 10 days after the special election.
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