Overlapping timelines and different slates of candidates in HD120 have confused many people, including the voters of the district. On the eve of the third election to affect HD120 this year, we will try to explain how we got here and where this is all headed.

Barbara Gervin-Hawkins

Barbara Gervin-Hawkins

Mario Salas


Former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s (D-San Antonio) decision not to seek re-election created an open-seat race. Among the candidates who filed were Barbara Gervin-Hawkins and Mario Salas. They are in tomorrow’s Democratic primary runoff after receiving 26% and 23% of the vote, respectively. The winner goes on to the general election as the Democratic nominee. No Republican filed for the office, and there are no minor party candidates, but there is an independent.

McClendon’s decision to resign triggered a special election, which by law had to be held on the uniform election day in May, making it fall between the primary and primary runoff. Neither Gervin-Hawkins nor Salas would have been eligible to serve if they won the special election because of state residency requirements, so they skipped the special election. Several other candidates filed. The special election resulted in a runoff, set for August 2, between Laura Thompson (33%) and Lou Miller (28%).

Miller ran in the Democratic primary but finished in last place with 8% of the vote. Laura Thompson did not run in the primary because she filed paperwork for an independent candidacy instead, making her the only filed opponent to the winner of the Democratic primary runoff.

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