HD120: Early voting begins Monday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s (D-San Antonio) term. Democrat Lou Miller faces Laura Thompson, who is running as an independent. A Thompson win would make history. An independent candidate has not been elected to the Texas House since 1932.

Neither candidate won the Democratic primary this spring (Barbara Gervin-Hawkins is the nominee after winning the runoff.), so the special runoff election winner has a very tough road to winning a full term. Thompson could still qualify for the general election ballot as an independent. Miller could qualify as a write-in candidate.

Challenge to Judicial Elections Filed. Claiming that “Latinos have been prevented from participating fully in the election of Texas’s high court judges,” a federal lawsuit filed today seeks to end electing Supreme Court justices and Court of Criminal Appeals judges statewide. The lawsuit claims that statewide judicial elections dilute minority voters under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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