SD19 special: San Antonio attorney and longtime Democratic activist Charlie Urbina Jones has filed for the race, becoming the sixth official candidate. San Antonio financial analyst Tony Valdivia established a campaign committee and updated his web site to run for the seat vacated by former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Valdivia unsuccessfully sought city council P8 in 2017, finishing fourth (11%), and received 428 votes statewide as a write-in candidate for president in 2016.

Rep. Tomas Uresti (D-San Antonio), who lost his re-election bid in the Democratic primary to Leo Pacheco, tweeted that he has been “asked to run” for his brother’s former seat, and he is “contemplating” it. Candidates for the race must file by tomorrow (Monday).

Rep. Roland Gutierrez

Rep. Roland
Gutierrez

Pete Gallego

Pete
Gallego

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Express-News’s Gilbert Garcia reported that Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) has had several tax liens filed against him or his businesses in recent years. In a Facebook post, Gutierrez blamed former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) for planting the article “in an attempt to embarrass my wife and I.” Gutierrez said deciding to “make payroll and keep working” led to “times when we have fallen behind on the overly burdensome taxes and fees that small business owners face.” In a tweet using an #ITrustPete hashtag, former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) said, “We all have our failings, but elected officials are and should be held to a higher standard.”

SEN: A new CBS News/YouGov poll shows U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) leading U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), 50%-40%, among “likely voters” with 7% unsure.

Cruz is strongest among Anglo voters (60%-27%), voters aged 65 and older (60%-33%) and men (53%-32%).

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