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 (20%). Pickett resigned in December, citing health reasons.
In HD145, funeral home director Christina Morales (36%) and former Houston council member Melissa Noriega (31%) advanced to a runoff. Republican candidate Martha Fierro, no relation to Art, finished third with 25%. None of the other five candidate received more than 3% of the vote or more than 100 votes.
Turnout was light for both races. In HD145, just 4.8% of registered voters cast ballots, tying for third lowest out of the 11 expedited special elections for a legislative seat since 2010. Turnout in HD79 was 5.4% of registered voters, finishing just ahead of HD145 in that list. Both elections are now among the 10 lowest-turnout special elections since 2013.
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