Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a November 5 special election to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), who announced last week that she would resign effective September 30. Candidates must file by September 4. The election coincides with the Houston mayoral and council elections, as well as the special elections for HD28 and HD100.

At least two potential Democratic candidates have emerged so far: Houston ISD trustee Elizabeth Santos, who is exploring the race, and John Gorczynski, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston).

Filing Deadline: Today (Monday) was the deadline for candidates to file for offices on the November 5 general election. In Houston, at least 125 people filed for mayor, city council and city controller, but the final number of certified candidates is still to be determined. It usually takes about a week before we know the final slate of candidates. Write-in candidates may file through Friday. Filed candidates may withdraw through Monday. Candidates withdrawing or who are declared ineligible after Monday will remain on the ballot. Special elections coinciding with the November 5 general election may have different deadlines.

Secretary of State: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) appointed Austin attorney Ruth Hughs as Secretary of State.

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